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Kunta Kinte • Alex Haley Memorial • Annapolis, Maryland
Kunta Kinte • Alex Haley Memorial • Annapolis, Maryland
The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial, located at the City Dock in historic Annapolis, portrays in word and symbol the triumph of the human spirit in very difficult times and conveys Alex Haley's vision for national racial reconciliation and healing. It stresses the importance of maintaining strong family connections and of preserving and honoring one's family history and cultural heritage. It is the only memorial in the country that commemorates the actual name and place of arrival of an enslaved African. The Memorial consists of three distinct areas: the Alex Haley sculpture group, Compass Rose and Story Wall.

Kunta Kinte • Alex Haley Memorial • Annapolis, Maryland
Alex Haley Heritage Square
Kunta Kinte • Alex Haley Memorial
Sidewalk At City Dock Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: (410) 841-6920  Fax: (410) 841-6505
Kinte-Haley Foundation E-Mail: info@kintehaley.com
The Kunta Kinte - Alex Haley Memorial, located in Annapolis, Maryland at the head of the City's harbor, commemorates the place of arrival of Alex Haley's African ancestor, Kunta Kinte, to the New World, as told in the book Roots: The Saga of An American Family.
This Memorial is the only memorial in the United States that commemorates the actual name and place of arrival of an enslaved African. It portrays in word and symbol Alex Haley's vision for national racial reconciliation and healing, and symbolizes in Kunta Kinte and his descendants the triumph of the human spirit in very difficult times.
The Memorial includes a sculpture group of Alex Haley reading from a book on his lap to three children of different ethnic backgrounds. As he stretches his hand toward the Chesapeake Bay, he tells his family's story and the story of the Annapolis port, a symbolic Ellis Island for African Americans.
Next to the sculptures is the Story Wall, a series of ten markers topped with bronze plaques lining the retaining sea wall on Compromise Street. On each plaque is a quote from Alex Haley's story of his family' journey as told in Roots. Each quote is accompanied by text and unique graphics that explain and illuminates its meaning. Together, the ten plaques tell how the specific story of the struggles of one African and the triumphs of his descendants have universal resonance and meaning for us all.
The Compass Rose is situated next to the Market House across the street from the sculpture group. Fourteen feet in diameter, it includes a bronze inlaid compass and map of the world oriented to true North with Annapolis at its center. Around the Compass Rose is special lighting and seating. Several web cameras also are being installed at various vantage points downtown to provide continuous on-line worldwide visual access to the site. A nearby information display stand explains the Memorial and the meaning of each of its components.
Kunta Kinte • Alex Haley Memorial • Testimonials
Frommer's Travel Guides Review: "As if frozen in time, a sculpture of Alex Haley reaches out to the Chesapeake Bay to tell the story of Roots, his best-selling novel, to a group of children sitting on the City Dock. This display not only memorializes Haley and his African ancestor Kunta Kinte, but also recalls an actual place where enslaved Africans arrived in the New World. The sculpture is accompanied by a series of engraved plaques that complete the story and the memorial." - Hoboken, New Jersey.
Beautiful Tribute To Deserving Icon: "I was so impressed that Annapolis built this Memorial to Alex Haley and Kunta Kinte right on their main waterfront. An often overlooked legacy of Annapolis was the slave trade which took place through this port town. This memorial is well crafted and informative!" - Washington D.C., District of Columbia.
Very Significant Historical Site: "This site is personally very meaningful, as I got to chat with Alex Haley when he was researching Roots and gave a lecture at USNA. Through the extensive ship records, he was able to document that his ancestor was offloaded at Annapolis Harbor, making him one of the few African Americans able to trace his ancestry back to Africa. Haley thus became a surrogate for all the African Americans who were robbed of their genealogies by the institution of slavery." - Windsor, California.
For A Statue, It Works: "Anyone moved by Roots will appreciate this. Kunta is a memorable and well-rounded character, played really well by LeVar Burton from Star Trek, and John Amos from Good Times. You never forget those scenes, which I won't recount, but many of us had broken hearts and cried, and in the middle of the racist 1970's nonetheless. Roots was transformational. The memorial is therefore warranted, and if you look at these statues and can relate to those times, then take 5 minutes or so, and remember one day before the beautiful harbor with all of well-dressed navy men and good times and fancy boats, people got sold there to be enslaved for their entire lives and thank god we live in a better country, than 1680's or the 1970's for that matter." - Baltimore, Maryland.
Very Well Done: "We stumbled upon this when we were down by the dock. The writing on the plaques is very informative and thought provoking. I enjoyed the statues. This is the perfect location since it was the site of the slave auctions. As soon as we returned from our weekend in Annapolis I dug out my copy of Roots and began to re-read it." - Woodbridge, Virginia.
Kunta Kinte • Alex Haley Memorial
Sidewalk At Head of City Dock Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: (410) 841-6920  Fax: (410) 841-6505
Kinte-Haley Foundation E-Mail: info@kintehaley.com
Website: http://www.kintehaley.org
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