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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Kennedy pleased with Melungeon genetics study


June 25, 2002

"KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Brent Kennedy is thankful a recently unveiled DNA study gives credibility to his long-held beliefs about the origins of the Melungeon people. But he was apprehensive before results of the survey were announced last week. "What if it shows I'm totally wrong? I had prepared myself for that," he said. The research - conducted by University of Virginia's College at Wise biologist Kevin Jones - showed Melungeons have roots in Turkey, other parts of the Middle East, India, Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, as well as having Native American and African-American ancestry. "Those are confirmations of what I had expected," Kennedy said Thursday during Fourth Union: A Melungeon Gathering."