Aaron Turner

Photographer From Memphis, TN
Graduate Student at Ohio University
aaronturnerphotography.com
Part 7 of my series on racial identity and genealogical heritage here in Southeastern Ohio. Meet Micheal L. Jackson b.1949 in Zanesville, Ohio. 

"My family history comes from Lancashire, England, my ancestors came over as indentured servants, they where already mixed. After moving on from their original settlement because of the way they were being treated, they moved down to a place called Philippi, West Virginia, there was a mountain down there called Chestnut Ridge. They found a place where they thought white or black people would never bother them. They discovered that a group of Indians were living there, who avoided the Trail of Tears, and they hid in those mountains, and eventually the two groups mixed. If you talk to any of those people today they consider themselves Indians (Native American).

 
Growing up I had blonde hair and blue eyes, and needless to say I had some difficulties. It’s funny when you’re called the “N” word and you’re called cracker too, or half bread and those things never bothered me. What bothered me was my brother and sister being picked on. They called me sensitive when I was growing up, cause I have temper but you’ll never see it I keep it inside. I learned that I don’t have to be that way. I don’t have to let what you think or say bother me, because my goal in life is to be happy, and once I understood what was keeping me from being happy, I learn to accept the things I can’t change.”

#heritage #place #ohio #seo #identity #portrait #storyportrait #Appalachia #melungeon #history #blackhistory #bw #blackandwhite #past #present #portraits #genealogy #family

Part 7 of my series on racial identity and genealogical heritage here in Southeastern Ohio. Meet Micheal L. Jackson b.1949 in Zanesville, Ohio.

"My family history comes from Lancashire, England, my ancestors came over as indentured servants, they where already mixed. After moving on from their original settlement because of the way they were being treated, they moved down to a place called Philippi, West Virginia, there was a mountain down there called Chestnut Ridge. They found a place where they thought white or black people would never bother them. They discovered that a group of Indians were living there, who avoided the Trail of Tears, and they hid in those mountains, and eventually the two groups mixed. If you talk to any of those people today they consider themselves Indians (Native American).


Growing up I had blonde hair and blue eyes, and needless to say I had some difficulties. It’s funny when you’re called the “N” word and you’re called cracker too, or half bread and those things never bothered me. What bothered me was my brother and sister being picked on. They called me sensitive when I was growing up, cause I have temper but you’ll never see it I keep it inside. I learned that I don’t have to be that way. I don’t have to let what you think or say bother me, because my goal in life is to be happy, and once I understood what was keeping me from being happy, I learn to accept the things I can’t change.”

#heritage #place #ohio #seo #identity #portrait #storyportrait #Appalachia #melungeon #history #blackhistory #bw #blackandwhite #past #present #portraits #genealogy #family

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Part 6 of my series on racial identity and genealogical heritage here Southeastern Ohio. This is Clayton Harris b.1937 Cutler, Ohio.

“I don’t know what you would call us, because my parents on my mother’s side she was part Native American, and on my dad’s side we had some Native American and African American, and I guess some white on my grandmother’s side. We always went as colored. That’s the word they used around here.

When I was in the Army I had to go up to Columbus, Ohio, and I was filling out this form and the guy in there said everyone here is white so just put down white. They couldn’t even tell I was of color.”

#Appalachia #history #identity #heritage #portraits #ohio #oh #bw #blackandwhite #melungeon #blackhistory #place #cutler #instagood #storyportrait

Part 6 of my series on racial identity and genealogical heritage here Southeastern Ohio. This is Clayton Harris b.1937 Cutler, Ohio.

“I don’t know what you would call us, because my parents on my mother’s side she was part Native American, and on my dad’s side we had some Native American and African American, and I guess some white on my grandmother’s side. We always went as colored. That’s the word they used around here.

When I was in the Army I had to go up to Columbus, Ohio, and I was filling out this form and the guy in there said everyone here is white so just put down white. They couldn’t even tell I was of color.”

#Appalachia #history #identity #heritage #portraits #ohio #oh #bw #blackandwhite #melungeon #blackhistory #place #cutler #instagood #storyportrait

Part 5 of my series on racial identity and genealogical heritage. This is Carolyn Casey of Gallipolis, Ohio b.1951. 

“My family heritage is mixed, on my mothers side, my great-great grandfather was a slave which I traced it back to 1786. On my father’s side, my grandmother was Dutch-Irish and my grandfather was African American and Native American, so I am kind of like a mix of all of it.



When I was small we lived with my grandparents and the Klan would ride through where we lived. You could hear them coming because you would hear the horses. My grandfather would always put us in his bedroom, grandmother would be standing in the living room and he would go out side. If he would yell to my grandmother, we would have to go and move the rug, to the trap door, go down underground to the cellar. We would go down there and it was a path to Mister Shelton’s below. He was a white man, but he protected us if we had to go there, we only had to go there one time. After a while when the riders would come through they would automatically avoid my grandfather because Mister Shelton told them to leave him along and grandfather never bother anybody. “

#history #blackandwhite #bw #ohio #heritage #place #portraits #blackhistory #melungeon #storyportrait #story  #people #instagood #family #identity

Part 5 of my series on racial identity and genealogical heritage. This is Carolyn Casey of Gallipolis, Ohio b.1951.

“My family heritage is mixed, on my mothers side, my great-great grandfather was a slave which I traced it back to 1786. On my father’s side, my grandmother was Dutch-Irish and my grandfather was African American and Native American, so I am kind of like a mix of all of it.

When I was small we lived with my grandparents and the Klan would ride through where we lived. You could hear them coming because you would hear the horses. My grandfather would always put us in his bedroom, grandmother would be standing in the living room and he would go out side. If he would yell to my grandmother, we would have to go and move the rug, to the trap door, go down underground to the cellar. We would go down there and it was a path to Mister Shelton’s below. He was a white man, but he protected us if we had to go there, we only had to go there one time. After a while when the riders would come through they would automatically avoid my grandfather because Mister Shelton told them to leave him along and grandfather never bother anybody. “

#history #blackandwhite #bw #ohio #heritage #place #portraits #blackhistory #melungeon #storyportrait #story #people #instagood #family #identity

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