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Alex Haley Museum And Interpretive Center
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.
Alex Haley Museum And Interpretive Center
Alex Haley House Museum
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 AM To 5 PM
Sunday: Reserved For Groups of 15 or More
Monday: The Alex Haley Museum is Closed
General Admission:
Adult: $6.00  Senior: $5.00  Student: $4.00
Group Rates: Adult: $5.00  Senior: $4.00  Student: $3.00
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.


Past Curators Discuss Alex Haley And His Henning Museum
Lucas Johnson & Fred Montgomery
Host: Tavis Smiley  January 5, 2004
National Public Radio (NPR)
Beverly Johnson Program Director
Host: Eleanor Boudreau  June 18, 2012
Public Radio Exchange (PRX)

(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
WLJT DTV, Channel 11 Visits The Alex Haley Museum (2009)
Tennessee Treasures On The Alex Haley Museum (2006)
The Alex Haley Museum has been restored to model the home as it was when Alex Haley was born. Some of the 1919 furniture which decorates the home belonged to the Haley family. The home is open to the public as a Museum featuring Alex 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 can see Alex Haley's final resting place at the front lawn of the home. Phone: (731) 738-2240 • Address: 535 Haley Avenue, Henning, TN 38041. Tennessee Treasures visited the Alex Haley Museum featuring Alex Haley—writer of the novel Roots. This video begins with an overview of 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 Haley, speaks about Alex's early dreams of wanting to become a writer. The video then gives a short biography of Alex Haley and his earlier works that lead to the release of Roots and the Television Mini-Series. You can also view the Tennessee Treasures: Article.

(Videos are presented under the Creative Commons License. © 2009 WLJT, © 2006 Vicki Lea Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.)


Magazines That The Alex Haley Museum Was Featured Within
State of Tennessee The Tennessee Magazine Tennessee Home & Farm
State of Tennessee The Tennessee Magazine Tennessee Home & Farm
  • 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)

Magazines That The Alex Haley Museum Was Featured Within
Tennessee Treasures Ripley Power & Light Ripley Power & Light
Tennessee Treasures Ripley Power & Light Ripley Power & Light
  • 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)

The Opening of The Alex Haley Museum Interpretive Center
Finding Your "Roots" At Alex Haley Museum Opening
Patrons Find Their "Roots" At Alex Haley Museum Opening
When 17-year-old violinist Joseph Matthews, a high school senior from Memphis, performed at the dedication of the Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center, he had no idea he would discover his family roots. The center was dedicated on August 13, 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 celebrates Alex Haley 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 Haley spent twelve years researching and writing. Additional exhibits educate visitors about other Haley writing projects.

(The above videos are presented under the Creative Commons License. © 2010 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
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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.
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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.
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The Pride of Henning: "The Alex Haley State House & Museum is educational, informative, interesting, and is the pride of Henning, Tennessee." - Henning, Tennessee.
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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.
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History of The Book Roots! "I give this Alex Haley House Museum (from 1-10) a 10! I loved the old pictures." - Memphis, Tennessee.
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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.
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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 about 45 minutes from Memphis." - Roanoke, Virginia.
Call Today To Schedule A Tour: (731) 738-2240
Alex Haley Museum Address
Alex Haley Museum Hours
535 Haley Avenue Henning, TN 38041
Phone Number: (731) 738-2240
Website: www.alexhaleymuseum.org
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday: For Groups of 15 or More
Monday: The Museum is Closed
Please See The Museum Directions Page To Arrive Safely To The Museum
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