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Darlene Franklin Campbell to Speak on Melungeon history

The Melungeons . . . a mysterious group of people who were already occupying the Appalachian areas when the first European settlers arrived. . . It is estimated that Kentucky has more Melungeon descendants than any other state (followed by Texas), many of which eventually settled in Adair, Russell, Casey, Wayne, Cumberland and surrounding counties.
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By Mike Watson, Adair County Historian

Darlene Campbell will be the featured speaker at the June 4th, 2018 meeting of the Adair County Genealogical Society on the subject of Melungeon History. This meeting will take place at the Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY, at 5pmCM/6pmET.

Darlene Campbell is a native to Adair County. She has been researching her family's genealogy since childhood which led her to discover connections to many groups, among them was the Melungeons, a mysterious group of people who were already occupying the Appalachian areas when the first European settlers arrived.



It is estimated that Kentucky has more Melungeon descendants than any other state (followed by Texas), many of which eventually settled in Adair, Russell, Casey, Wayne, Cumberland and surrounding counties.

In addition to her love of history and research, Darlene is a teacher, author, artist, actress, speaker and co-founder of the Columbia Martial Arts Center. She received the 2012 Mary Ballard Award from Casey Shay Press of Austin, Texas.

Her literary works have been published in numerous journals and magazines and her books have been published by Martin Sisters Publishing, Casey Shay Press, Moon Gypsy Press, Autumn Sky Press and Old Seventy Creek Press.

These works include I Listened, Momma; Touched; Uncommon Clay; and Looking for Pork Chop McQuade.

She also has one self-published poetry chapbook that deals with heritage and genealogy entitled In Mountain Shadows.

For more information call the Adair Public Library at 270-384-2472, or follow on Adair County Genealogical Society Facebook page.



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Darlene Franklin Campbell to speak on Melungeon History



2018-05-20 - 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo Adair County Public Library .
Darlene Campbell will be the featured speaker at the June 4th, 2018 meeting of the Adair County Genealogical Society on the subject of Melungeon History. This meeting will take place at the Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY, at 5pmCM/6pmET. It is estimated that Kentucky has more Melungeon descendants than any other state (followed by Texas), many of which eventually settled in Adair, Russell, Casey, Wayne, Cumberland and surrounding counties. - MIKE WATSON

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