Alex Haley House Museum

Alex Haley House Museum, Henning: Hours, Address, Alex Haley House Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Alex Haley House Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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200 S Church St, Henning, TN 38041-7201

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photographersabroad
Memphis, TN296 contributions
Be sure to stop by - Alex Haley Roots!
May 2021 • Solo
I was very touch by the mini-series Roots.

I have tried to stop by and go into this house a few times when I’ve been in the area but my timing has not been right. Be sure to check the hours.

This week I finally hit it right and the museum was open and I was given a private tour of the house.

There is a museum behind the house where they show a film ahead of time. Then you can walk through museum and learn a little bit about Alex Haley and his family.

And you can walk over to his home where his grandmother lived and he visited as a child every summer. There are items in the home that give insight to the times. You can also see where he is buried right next to the home. You can hear chicken crowing and it is easy to imagine him enjoying this quiet place with his family as a child.

Alex Haley’s book then movie was a remarkable account of his family’s path to American and through slavery.

Chicken George is buried about five minutes away.

Written 20 May 2021
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Z350Gal
Pinellas Park, FL25 contributions
Find Your Way
May 2019
When I was planning our road trip of the Civil Rights South, I was surprised to learn Henning TN was 50 miles from Memphis. Although not considered a part of civil rights history, the contribution of Alex Haley's "Roots" had a significant impact on our country. This is where Alex Haley spent his youth with his grandparents, The Palmer". The house furnishings have been replicated and there are recordings of Haley describing what happened in certain rooms. The museum includes a film, exhibits and provides historical information on Haley and his "Roots" journey.

Special thanks to Marie for a great tour.
Written 10 September 2019
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GrownManX
170 contributions
Please Go!
Jul 2019 • Solo
I've planned for years to make this visit but never ventured close enough to the area to get to Henning. I had the privilege many years ago of hearing Alex Haley speak. If all you know about him is his authorship of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, or Roots, before your visit please listen to the story of his search for his own roots. It's still on YouTube at this writing.
Written 24 July 2019
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jaquezc1
Newark, NJ41 contributions
Awe Inspiring
Jun 2017 • Business
This is a place that has tangible energy. Its a place of meditation, deep history, character, and beauty. I went for business, but I want to go back to take it all in and meditate without distraction.
Written 6 December 2017
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LHJ4
Ripley, TN2 contributions
A Must See!
Aug 2016
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.
Written 10 July 2017
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NVTravelGuide
Carson City, NV103 contributions
A walk in our own memories
May 2017 • Couples
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.
Written 26 May 2017
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,264 contributions
Retrace "Roots" at Alex Haley's museum
Aug 2016 • Couples
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.
Written 20 April 2017
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mspat2016
Oakland, TN168 contributions
Henning
Mar 2017 • Family
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.
Written 13 March 2017
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Emily M
Ripley, TN20 contributions
Hidden treasure
Oct 2015
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.
Written 28 June 2016
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dptwin1
Baltimore, MD4 contributions
One of the Best Museums!!!
Apr 2016 • Family
My mother and I were in Nashville, TN and decided the day before we were returning to Maryland to drive to Henning, TN. What a treat ... we were greeted by a gentlemen who provided us with a fantastic wealth of information about the Alex Haley House Museum. We were thoroughly informed and told everyone when we returned we told various family and friends about this historical figure in history.

This is a must see museum.
Written 10 May 2016
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Alex Haley House Museum is open:
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00