Literary Landmark: Alex Haley Museum & Interpretive Center

Henning, Tenn.
Dedicated Aug. 9, 2014
Partners: Tennessee Historical Commission, Alex Haley Museum & Interpretive Center Staff and Board

Michael BakerThe Alex Haley Museum & Interpretive Center was dedicated a Literary Landmark in honor of the author.

More than 150 people joined the museum staff and board at the ceremo­ny for Alex Haley (1921-1992), as well as to celebrate what would have been Haley’s 93rd birthday. The program included 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; commissioners and Historic Sites Program Director Martha Akins, from the Tennessee Historical Com­mission; music by trumpeter Joshua Campbell, and vocalist Charlotte Am­mons.

Other speakers included Henning Mayor Marva Temple, Lauderdale County Mayor Pro-Tem Eugene Pugh, and State Representative Craig Fit­zhugh. The master of ceremonies was WMC-TV 5 news anchor Justin Han­son.

Other special guests were Haley’s grandson and wife, Michael and Melody Baker of North Carolina; Alex Haley researcher Darren Desepoli of New York, and author Lucas Johnson of Nashville.

“We are so elated to receive this well-deserved honor, and the opportu­nity to share the good news with the world,” said Paula Boger, executive di­rector of the Alex Haley Museum.

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.


Alex Haley Museum & Interpretive Center

Alex Haley Roots Foundation