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From left, a Melungeon family circa 1900; teacher and nurse Mary Rankin and students at the Presbyterian mission school in Hancock County, and Mahala Mullins, a legendary Melungeon moonshiner. (Photo contributed to the Press)

From left, a Melungeon family circa 1900; teacher and nurse Mary Rankin and students at the Presbyterian mission school in Hancock County, and Mahala Mullins, a legendary Melungeon moonshiner. (Photo contributed to the Press)