Alex Haley’s Birthplace

Ithaca Heritage Sampler

Alex Haley’s Birthplace

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Ithaca Heritage


Alex Haley is the celebrated author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family (1976). By April 1977 almost two million hardcover copies of the book had been sold and 130 million people had seen all or part of the eight-episode television series. Roots is considered by many critics a classic in African American literature and culture.

Alex Haley was born in Ithaca, New York, and raised in the small town of Henning, Tennessee. His father managed the family lumber business while his mother was a schoolteacher. Growing up, Haley became interested in his ancestry while listening to colorful stories told by his family. These stories, which traced seven generations, would become the source and inspiration for Haley's later work.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Ithaca Heritage Sampler


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