Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County
Alex Haley (1921-1922) was born in Ithaca while his father, Simon, completed a master's degree in agriculture at Cornell University. The family moved to Tennessee only six weeks after Haley's birth, but Ithaca honors the writer and his legacy with the Alex Haley Pool and accompanying mural. Haley is best known as the author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family (1976) and The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965).
This point of interest is part of the tour: Ithaca Literary Tour