Alex Haley Museum – Henning, Tennessee

250px-Henning_Alex_Haley_Home_and_Memorial.jpgAlex Haley Museum – Henning, Tennessee

Come and visit the home of the author of Roots, the tales of his African ancestors who were brought to America as slaves. For the first nine years of his life, and some summers after that, Alex Haley lived here with his grandparents. The book was turned into an eight-part television adaptation in 1977.  The movie and the book were instrumental in getting millions to search for their own roots.  It has been translated into over thirty languages.

794px-Henning_Alex_Haley_Historic_Marker.jpgThe house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a ten room bungalow constructed between 1918 and 1921.  It was built by Haley’s grandfather, Will E. Palmer.  Some of the 1919 furniture which decorates the home belonged to the Haley’s family.

The front porch was often the place where young Haley 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.

180px-Henning_Alex_Haley_Memorial.jpgThe house contains photographs, artifacts and memorabilia from Haley’s family.  There are story hour sessions during the summer for children.

The Alex Haley House and Museum is owned by the state of Tennessee.  He is buried on the site.

Tour length: 30 minutes
Admission: $6.00 adults, $4.00 students
Hours of operation: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm. Sun 1-5pm
Group admission: $5.00 adults, $3.00 students 18 and under

Wheelchair accessible
Gift shop
Guide available

Location: 200 South Church Street
Henning, TN 38041

Phone: 731-738-2240