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“A Must See!”

Alex Haley House Museum
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Henning
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

If you are touring West Tennessee, be sure to stop in the small town of Henning to visit the Alex Haley House Museum. Haley spent many summers at the house in Henning with his grandparents and it has been restored to its original state. Best of all is the museum behind the house; it gives a great deal of information about not only Haley but also the origins and backgrounds of his relatives dating back to slave days. There are programs held here on certain dates as well. The museum gives great insight into some of the local black history of boy Haley's family and others. Although I have lived near here all my life, I had never visited until recently where I attended a very informative discussion on the black perspective.

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Reviewed 26 May 2017

A beautiful place saved to share with generations. Mr. Haley's story impacted our lives and to learn more about his personal life is very interesting. A great place to visit off the beaten path.

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Reviewed 20 April 2017

First, you have to find Henning, Tennessee, a small town of a few hundred souls located 50 miles northeast of Memphis on US Highway 51. Appropriately, US Highway 51 was the major south-north thoroughfare in the 1920s and 1930s as blacks moved from Mississippi and Louisiana to Chicago and Detroit. Henning is the boyhood home of acclaimed author Alex Haley, who wrote the 1976 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family. Roots has been translated into over 30 languages and in 1977 was adapted for an eight-part television series which became one of the most popular programs in television history. Located at 200 South Church Street, the 10-room bungalow was constructed in 1918 and 1919 by Will E. Palmer, Haley's maternal grandfather. From 1921 to 1929 and during some subsequent summers, Haley lived in the house with his grandparents. The front porch was often the place where young Alex heard the oral accounts of family history that inspired him to write about his ancestry. The house has been restored to model the home as it was when Haley was born in 1921. Some of the 1919 furniture which decorates the house belonged to the Haley family. The restored house is open to the public as a museum featuring Haley's work, childhood memorabilia, family artifacts and references to the people who inspired his characters in Roots. The home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Visitors can also see Alex Haley's grave site on the front lawn of the home. The Interpretative Center, which opened in 2010, 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 free-lancer to his ultimate success with Roots, a book Haley 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 book The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley. It is a marvelous journey, retracing "Roots" and recalling the stories of Kunta Kinte, Kizzy and Chicken George. Alex Haley truly was one of the great story-tellers of American literature.

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Reviewed 12 March 2017

Even before walking into the Museum you're learning about Alex. You'll get to watch a documentary before you go on to see the actually house and the great items that's in the place. Easy parking and clean. Reasonable priced gift shoppe items and a very knowledgeable staff. The cost for a ticket is very low and if you live in Tennessee, you must go.

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Reviewed 28 June 2016

Nice stop for an interesting history lesson. Some great artifacts in this museum. Alex Haley's boyhood home will take you back in time for a view inside that era.

Thank Emily M
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