SURRY COUNTY, N.C. -- A huge family reunion is taking place in the Triad that’s a part of American history.

  • The original Siamese twins, Eng and Chang Bunker, settled in Surry County.
  • Hundreds of their descendants arrived for a family reunion in the Triad. 
  • A model statue will also be unveiled. 

Hundreds of descendants of the original Siamese twins who lived in Surry County will make their way to Mount Airy Saturday for the Bunker Family Reunion.

Eng and Chang Bunker were brought to the U.S. in the early 1800s and quickly adapted to American culture.

They settled in Surry County, began farming, married sisters and started families of their own.

"Being they are some of the first Asians to become citizens of America, [it] is fascinating, especially in a day and time when they were not allowed to be citizens. It was only free white individuals at that time, so their impact on American history is huge,” said Abigal Linville of the Surry Arts Council.

A local artist will be unveiling a model statue of the twins at the family reunion at First Baptist Church Saturday.