Alex Haley Museum to be designated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries

For Immediate Release
Tue, 07/29/2014

Contact:

Jillian Kalonick
Marketing/Public Relations Specialist
United for Libraries
united@ala.org

PHILADELPHIA United for Libraries, in partnership with the Tennessee Historical Commission and the staff and board of the Alex Haley Museum & Interpretive Center, will designate the museum a Literary Landmark at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9.

The dedication ceremony honoring Alex Haley (1921-1992) will include the unveiling of the official Literary Landmark bronze plaque; proclamations by city, county and state officials; the United States Coast Guard and Color Guard Detail, and representatives from the Tennessee Historical Commission. The master of ceremonies will be WMC-TV 5 news anchor Justin Hanson.

“This is a very proud moment for our staff and board,” said museum Executive Director Paula Boger.

The public is invited to the Literary Landmark dedication at the Alex Haley Museum & Interpretive Center, 200 S. Church St., Henning, Tenn. For more information, contact the museum at (731) 738-2240.

Alex Haley’s boyhood home, which was built by his grandfather, William E. Palmer, in 1919, served as a seat of inspiration for Haley’s Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning novel “Roots: The Saga of an American Family.” Haley’s works, life and legacy are preserved by the museum.

The Literary Landmark program is administered by United for Libraries. More than 130 Literary Landmarks across the United States have been dedicated since the program began in 1986. Any library or group may apply for a Literary Landmark through United for Libraries. More information is available on the United for Libraries website. 

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library trustees, advocates, friends and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or jkalonick@ala.org.