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Henning in Lauderdale County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Alex Haley's Boyhood Home

 
 
Alex Haley's Boyhood Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 1, 2010
1. Alex Haley's Boyhood Home Marker
Inscription.  Will Palmer, a prominent Henning businessman, built this house in 1918-19, Palmer's grandson Alex Haley lived here from 1921 to 1929 and later spent many summers with his grand-parents. It was on the porch that he heard the stories told by his grandmother and aunts which inspired him to write his 1976 Pulitzer Prize-winning book Roots. Millions of Americans watched an eight-part television adaptation the following year.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 71.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: African Americans. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1921.
 
Location. 35° 40.396′ N, 89° 34.569′ W. Marker is in Henning, Tennessee, in Lauderdale County. Marker is at the intersection of South Church Street and Haley Avenue, on the right when traveling south on South Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 South Church Street, Henning TN 38041, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
The Palmer House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 1, 2010
2. The Palmer House and Marker
The house is now the Alex Haley House and Museum.
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. Fort Pillow (approx. 0.6 miles away); Tipton County in the Civil War (approx. 8˝ miles away); Tipton County Confederate Monument (approx. 8˝ miles away); Thomas Goode (approx. 8.7 miles away); Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox (approx. 8.7 miles away); Charles B. Simonton (approx. 9 miles away); General Jacob Tipton (approx. 9 miles away); The Site of Byars-Hall High School (approx. 9 miles away).
 
Alex Haley's Grave image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 1, 2010
3. Alex Haley's Grave
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,939 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 13, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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