Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Alex Haley's Boyhood Home

Marker ID: THC 4E 71
Location: at the intersection of South Church Street and Haley Avenue, 200 South Church Street, Henning, TN
County: Lauderdale
Coordinates: N 35° 40.396    W 089° 34.569
  35.67326666    -89.57615
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM2EGX


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