New Alex Haley museum lets visitors search their own roots

Author Alex Haley, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning Roots: The Saga of an American Family sparked a surge of interest in genealogy in the 1970s, is the subject of a new museum opening today.

The Alex Haley House Museum and Interpretive Center is in tiny Henning, Tenn., 45 minutes north of Memphis, and includes the 10-room bungalow that was home to his grandparents, along with a new $1.2 million interpretive center where, fittingly, visitors can research their own roots.

The 1919 house where Haley spent many boyhood summers (and where he’s now buried), has been open for tours in the past, but the interpretive center contains personal artifacts, such as the Emmy Haley won for the 1977 Roots miniseries, and more family memorabilia. Read more . . .

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