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Wayne Winkler talk will explore mystery of the Melungeons

From Staff Reports

The Tanasi Arts and Heritage Center will present a talk on “The Mystery of the Melungeons” by Wayne Winkler from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Winkler is the author of the book “Walking Toward the Sunset” and general manager of WETS-FM Radio.

The talk will be given in the Performing Arts Room of Johnson City’s Memorial Park Community Center at 510 Bert St., next to the main Post Office and Cardinal Park. 

For centuries the Melungeon people of Appalachia lived with complications of a disputed and unclear ancestry. Modern DNA analysis, however, has shed new light on the mystery. 

This is the fourth of 17 events that will be held through June 2022 under an “Arts Build Communities” grant that Tanasi has been awarded by the Tennessee Arts Commission, funded through the First Tennessee Development District. 

Admission is free. The event will be live-streamed on Facebook at Tanasi Arts & Heritage Center. For more information, call the Tanasi Gallery at (423) 735-0217, or contact Victoria Hewlett at [email protected] or by phone at (423) 707-8798. 

Organizers invite the public to visit Tanasi Gallery on the web at or follow on Facebook at Tanasi Arts & Heritage Center.