African Americans in Appalachia
The Berea College class of 1901. (Berea College Archives.)
In the early years of settlement, whites, Indians, and African Americans lived in close proximity to each other, and later generations included multiracial and multiethnic people. The Melungeons, a group thought to have European, Native American, and African ancestry, were identified in Central Appalachia early in the 19th century. In this photo from the archives of Berea College (Kentucky), a diverse group of students from the class of 1901 poses stoically.