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Alex Haley Museum And Interpretive Center
The Alex Haley House Museum has been restored to model the home as it was when Haley was born. Some of the 1919 furniture which decorates the home belonged to the Haley family. The restored building is open to the public as a Museum featuring Haley’s work, childhood memorabilia and references to the people who inspired his characters in Roots. Visitors can view the memorabilia and family artifacts that remain showcased. They also have the opportunity to make purchases at a small on-site gift shop as well as see Alex Haley’s final resting place at the front lawn of the home. Call today to schedule a tour: (731) 738-2240.
Museum Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 AM To 5:00 PM
Sunday: Group Appointments Only Monday: Museum is Closed
Admission: Adult: $6.00 Senior: $5.00 Student: $4.00
Group Admission: $5.00 Adults, $4.00 Seniors, $3.00 Students
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Originally known as the Palmer House, this ten-room, bungalow style home was constructed in 1918 and 1919 by Will E. Palmer, the maternal grandfather of Alex Haley
(1921-1992). From 1921 to 1929, and during some subsequent summers, Alex Haley lived here with his grandparents, Will and Cynthia Palmer.
The front porch was often the place where young Alex heard the oral accounts of family history, including stories of Kunta Kinte, the young Mandingo man captured near his West African home.
These stories inspired Haley to write about his ancestry in a book called Roots: The Saga of An American Family
. This 1976 Pulitzer Prize winning novel has been translated into over 30 languages and has had great influence in stimulating the study of genealogy. In 1977, Roots
was adapted for an eight-part television series, which became one of the most popular programs in television history. Two years later its sequel, Roots: The Next Generations
, aired as well.
On December 14, 1978, the Alex Haley House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It has attracted scholars and visitors from around the world. Alex Haley is buried on the grounds.
Both Past And Current Curators Speak About Alex Haley And His Museum In Henning
|Lucas Johnson And Fred Montgomery
Finding the Good Host: Tavis Smiley
National Public Radio (NPR), January 5, 2004
|Beverly Johnson • Current Program Director|
Roots Thinning In Rural America Host: Eleanor Boudreau
Public Radio Exchange (PRX), June 18, 2012
(The above audio clips are presented under the Creative Commons License. © 2004 NPR, © 2012 WKNO FM. All Rights Reserved.)
The Alex Haley Museum And Interpretive Center • Henning, Tennessee
|WLJT DTV, Channel 11 Visits The Alex Haley Museum (2009)
|Tennessee Treasures On The Alex Haley Museum (2006)|
|The Alex Haley House Museum and Interpretive Center are educational facilities dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation, and exhibition of artifacts. The Museum’s comprehensive collections represent the life and achievements of the renowned author Alex Haley. The museum promotes the understanding and appreciation of history by presenting a range of exhibitions, programs, and events for the community and the world. The Alex Haley House opened as a museum and became a historical landmark in 1986. The newest addition to the site is the Interpretive Center which opened on August 13, 2010.
||Tennessee Treasures took a trip to the Alex Haley Museum featuring Alex Haley—writer of the novel Roots. This video begins with an overview of Alex Haley’s Tennessee roots. Shortly after Alex was born, his parents moved to the town of Henning where Alex attended grade school. Fred Montgomery, childhood friend of Alex Haley, speaks about Alex’s early dreams of becoming a writer. The video then gives a short biography of Alex and his earlier works that lead to the release of Roots and the TV mini-series. You can also view the October 2007 Tennessee Treasures: Alex Haley Article.|
(Videos are presented under the Creative Commons License. © 2009 WLJT, © 2006 Vicki Lea Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.)
Alex Haley Museum & Interpretive Center Newsletters
Volume 1, Issue 1 • June 2010
New exhibits chronicling the life, work and accomplishments of the late Alex Haley
have officially opened at the Alex Haley House Museum and Interpretive Center. On Friday, August 13, 2010 the Alex Haley Interpretive Center will be dedicated in a morning ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m.
Volume 1, Issue 2 • October 2010 - December 2010
The Alex Haley Museum hosted longtime Alex Haley friend, Senator Lamar Alexander
, and a group of other Tennessee politicians, families and friends: Mayor Bill Haslam, Senator Bob Corker, Representative Craig Fitzhugh, County Mayor Rod Schuh and Henning Mayor Michael Bursey.
Volume 1, Issue 3 • March 2011
The Alex Haley Museum & Interpretive Center hosted a lecture featuring author Trish Milburn. Milburn’s appearance is the first in a series of lectures offered by the museum featuring a discussion of the skills needed to write and publish a book. The lecture was free and open to the public.
Volume 1, Issue 4 • January 2011 - March 2011
The Alex Haley Museum & Interpretive Center hosted a Dedication Ceremony to receive memorabilia donated to the museum by the U.S. Coast Guard. Items donated are from the Coast Guard Cutter, USCGC Alex Haley, stationed in Kodiak, Alaska. More than 60 people attended.
Volume 1, Issue 5 • April 2011 - June 2011
Members of the Tennessee Historical Commission visited the Alex Haley Museum & Interpretive Center on Thursday, June 23. The Commission’s regular June meeting took place in nearby Covington, Tennessee and members took the time to tour area landmarks prior to the meeting.
Volume 1, Issue 6 • July 2011 - September 2011
The landmark events that helped shape the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s are the focus of an exhibition opening at the Alex Haley Museum & Interpretive Center. We Shall Not Be Moved: The 50th Anniversary of Tennessee’s Civil Rights Sit-Ins
, continues through March 8th 2012.
Volume 1, Issue 7 • September 2011 - December 2011
Dr. Pam Sirmans, Museum Board Member and Genealogy specialist, provided hands on instructions to Mrs. Wendy Trice’s 8th grade Social Studies class from the West Middle School in Jackson, TN where they were able to link their studies with what they read and viewed in the museum.
Volume 1, Issue 8 • January 2012 - March 2012
The entire 7th grade class from Wydown Middle School in St. Louis, MO toured the Alex Haley Museum. 186 students with 22 teachers and parents also enjoyed six Storytelling Sessions
led by Mrs. Hattye Yarbrough of Covington; Mr. Richard Griffin of Ripley and Mr. Dwight Fryer of Memphis.
Volume 1, Issue 9 • April 2012 - June 2012
The long awaited Behold Figurines
are now available via the Museum gift shop. This timeless sculpture, created by Marjorie T. Price (1917 - 2006) was inspired by Roots
where Kunta Kinte
is lifted to the night sky by his father Omoro who said softly, "Fend kiling dorong leh warrata ka iteh tee."
Volume 1, Issue 10 • July 2012 - September 2012
The story of Jewish immigration to Tennessee and how they embraced the culture they found here is documented in an exhibit at the Alex Haley Museum. Bagels & Barbecue documents the influence of the Jewish community in Tennessee. Special Guest Speaker: Candace Adelson.
Volume 1, Issue 11 • October 2012 - December 2012
The Alex Haley Museum is proud to be featured in a video which highlights local tourism. Day Trippin’ in Lauderdale County
features County Mayor, Rod Schuh, as he takes viewers on a county-wide tour to experience food, fun, and a richness of cultural sites, and historic architecture.
Volume 1, Issue 12 • January 2013 - March 2013
At least 25 uniformed Coast Guardmen and officials from Sector Lower Mississippi River, Memphis, Tennessee, toured the museum, and presented a program of recognition in honor of 20 year Coast Guard veteran Alex Haley. Activities were coordinated by Lieutenant Brandon McMillan.
Volume 1, Issue 13 • April 2013 - June 2013
June, July and August are "Focus on Family" months. The Museum staff greeted a number of family reunions. The Parker family reunion, family of former Museum Director and Henning Mayor, Baris Douglas, toured the museum with at least 75 adults and youth coming from Indiana to Georgia.
Volume 2, Issue 1 • July 2013 - September 2013
Dr. J. Calvin McCray and wife Vivian of Dearborn, Michigan toured the Alex Haley Museum & Interpretive Center Tuesday, August 13th. Dr. McCray, Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University, served in the U.S. Coast Guard with Alex
Haley in 1943, during World War II.
Volume 2, Issue 2 • September 2013 - December 2013
Members of the International Fellows Program of National Defense University (NDU) made their annual field trip of select senior officers from more than 50 nations. Dr. Glenda Glover, President of Tennessee State University, Nashville, received a warm welcome at the Alex Haley Museum.
Volume 2, Issue 3 • January 2014 - March 2014
Jennifer (Jen) Bean and her husband Aaron, of St. Louis, MO visited the Alex Haley Museum as Jen served aboard the USCGC Alex Haley, based in Kodiak, Alaska, as a Petty Officer Third Class during her service. Large numbers of family, church and school groups toured the Museum in February.
Volume 2, Issue 4 • April 2014 - June 2014
USDA Rural Development has teamed with the Memphis Area Association of Governments (MAAG) to announce funding for the expansion and support of Day Trippin’ Tours in Southwest Tennessee. As a result, heritage enthusiasts will tour the Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center, in Henning, the boyhood home and final resting place of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of Roots
, and also the gravesites of “Chicken George” and other family members in Bethlehem Cemetery. Eight local authors headlined the Alex Haley Museum’s 3rd annual Writers / Authors Day. We invite you to become a member of the “Friends of the Alex Haley Museum” membership club. Please contact the Museum for further details. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
(If you have any content to be considered in a future newsletter, please e-mail the Museum at: Alexhaleymuseum@bellsouth.net)
The Opening Of The Alex Haley Museum And Interpretive Center • August 13, 2010
|Finding Your "Roots" At Alex Haley Museum Opening
|Patrons Find Their "Roots" At Alex Haley Museum Opening|
|When 17-year-old violinist Joseph Matthews performed at the dedication of the Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center, he had no idea he would discover his family roots. Joseph, a high school senior from Memphis, was among hundreds who participated in two days of festivities at the Interpretive Center located behind Mr. Haley’s boyhood home in Henning, Tennessee. The center was dedicated on Friday, 13 August, 2010. William Haley, Alex’s son, said that resources available through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are very valuable in searching African-American ancestry. Alex Haley’s dream and legacy of discovering our “roots” continues.
||The Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center in Henning celebrates the author of Roots with interactive exhibits, artifacts from his life and mementos from his career. The new Interpretive Center houses exhibits that provide an overview of Haley’s literary career, from his early days as a journalist in the Coast Guard, through his struggles as a freelancer, to his ultimate success with Roots, a book he spent 12 years researching and writing. Additional exhibits educate visitors about other Haley writing projects, including a series of magazine interviews and his collaboration with Civil Rights leader Malcolm X, which resulted in the acclaimed biography.|
(The above videos are presented under the Creative Commons License. © 2010 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
- Tennessee Treasures - What Tennessee Town Was The Boyhood Home of The Author of The Novel Roots? (October 2007)
- Ripley Power & Light Company - Interpretive Center Adds A New Chapter To Alex Haley Museum. (Winter 2007 - 2008)
- Ripley Power & Light Company - Alex Haley Museum Encourages Others To Explore Their Roots. (December 2010)
- State of Tennessee - Governor Phil Bredesen Extends A Warm Welcome To The Alex Haley House Interpretive Center. (August 2010)
- The Tennessee Magazine - New Interpretive Center Sheds More Light On Tennessee Author Alex Haley. (February 2011)
- Tennessee Home & Farm - Retracing Roots: Alex Haley Museum Makes Literary History In Henning. (September 2012)
- Alex Haley Museum Brochure - You Can Download And Print The Alex Haley Museum Brochure!
- Annual Membership Application - Become A Part of History Today! Secure Your Annual Museum Membership!
Alex Haley Museum Gift Shop Items (Pictures Coming Soon)
Alex Haley Museum T-Shirts
Small - Medium - Large: $12.00 • Extra-Large - 3X: $14.00
Children T-Shirts (all sizes): $8.00
Alex Haley Museum Sweat Shirts & Jackets
Sweat Shirts: $18.00 • Jackets: $25.00
Night Shirts (one size): $16.00
Tote Bags • Key Chains • Mugs • Magnets
Tote Bags: $8.00 • Key Chains: $1.50
Mugs: $5.00 • Magnets: $1.00
Postcards • Pictures • Pencils • Pens
Postcards: $1.00 • Museum Picture: $2.00 • Pencils: $0.50
Multi-Color Pens: $1.00 • Classic (Black) Pens: $3.00
Alex Haley Museum Featured Books
Roots 30th Anniversary Edition: $16.00 • Cookbooks: $4.00
Finding The Good (Fred Montgomery’s Life Story): $15.00
The Shadowland of Dreams: $2.00
Alex Haley Museum Featured DVDs / Movies
Roots 30th Anniversary Edition: $65.00
Roots: The Next Generations: $65.00
Alex Haley’s Queen: $30.00
(To Order Please Call The Alex Haley Museum & Interpretive Center • Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 AM To 5:00 PM • (731) 738-2240)
Alex Haley Museum And Interpretive Center • Testimonials
Awesome Trip Through History: “I thought this was a really interesting and informative tour. Our tour guide Beverly was very knowledgeable about this history of the home and the family. She had a lot of information that you probably wouldn’t find in textbooks. One thing I probably would have done differently was watch the movie or read the book before I went as a refresher and to tie everything together, but overall, I can honestly say that I learned a tremendous amount and it really helped me to better appreciate my heritage and struggles my ancestors had to endure through history. Highly recommended!” - Charlotte, North Carolina.
Very Educational: “I found the Alex Haley State House to be very educational and interesting. It was just as if you were walking back into time. The detailed layout and displays are well presented. I strongly suggest that children and adults have an opportunity to experience his unique part of history.” - Cherryville, North Carolina.
The Pride of Henning: “The Alex Haley State House & Museum is educational, informative, interesting, and is the pride of Henning, Tennessee.” - Henning, Tennessee.
Enjoyed It: “The tour through the Palmer house was great. My teenage son is an avid reader and Alex Haley fan and this was the one place he wanted to visit on our trip to Memphis. We learned a lot about the Palmer/Haley family and their status in the town of Henning. Our guide was very informative and we hope to go back in the future. Very memorable experience.” - Pace, Florida.
History of The Book Roots! “I give this Alex Haley House Museum (from 1-10) a 10! I loved the old pictures.” - Memphis, Tennessee.
A Part of History: “I had the pleasure touring Alex Haley’s museum approximately 3 years ago and words could never express the emotions I felt being a part of history in the home of Alex Haley. Prior to the tour, I had been briefed of a great guy named Lucas who wrote a book about Alex Haley; however I had not been given the full story (or I may not have been listening carefully). The moment I entered Alex’s home and met Mr. Montgomery (and Lucas), I began to cry uncontrollably for reasons at the time that I could not explain. I was speechless, breathless, and moved by all around me.” - Nashville, Tennessee.
Nice Museum Attraction: “Alex Haley’s famous book, Roots, chronicled the lives of his enslaved ancestors from the pre-Civil War era till they achieved freedom. The book and subsequent miniseries have educated and informed many people about the horrors of slavery and the long road to freedom. Mr. Haley’s childhood home gives visitors a chance to learn more about the well-known author. Folks can visit the museum, which is approximately 45 minutes from Memphis.” - Roanoke, Virginia.
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