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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Alex Haley's Home - Henning, TN

Alex Haley's Home - Henning, TN

Alex Haley was best known for his Pulitzer prize-winning novel Roots which was subsequently turned into one of the most watched television miniseries of all time. The bungalow home was built in 1919 and Haley lived here as a young boy with his grandparents. It was on the front porch that a young Haley would hear the oral accounts of his family's history, such as Kunta Kinte. After his death in 1992, he was buried to the side of that front porch.

Today, the home which is owned by the state operates as a museum and in 2010 the Interpretive Center was built behind the home. The home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, and was listed as the W. E. Palmer House, which was Haley's grandfather and a prominent local businessman. Haley's headstone also lists his other works: Malcolm X, Palmer Town, Madam Walker, A different Kind of Christmas, Queen, Henning and Fred Montgomery.

Alex Haley's Home - Henning, TN

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