Alex Haley Statue at Haley Heritage Square

The focal point of a community-built playground is the stunning 13' high bronze statue of author and Pulitzer prize winner Alex Haley. Haley sits, reading a book and gazing at the Smoky Mountains he loved. His left hand holds a copy of his book Roots, while his right hand reaches out, as though punctuating a story he’s telling. 

Designed by internationally accalimed artist, Tina Allen, the statue was cast in bronze in New York City and weighs 4,200 pounds. It was dedicated in February 1998 during Black History Month. 

Alex Haley Heritage Square sits on the slopes of Morningside Park, presenting a commanding view of historic Knoxville, the downtown business district and the Smoky Mountains. Within the Alex Haley Heritage Square, there are play structures, a paved loop and a peaceful green space with benches.  

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Latitude: 35.970704 Longitude: -83.903942 Elevation: 1006 ft

Seasons Open

Open year round, dawn to dusk, unless otherwise posted.

ADA Accessibility Notes

Paved paths from parking in lot below statue make accessibility possible.

Pet Friendly Notes

This is located in Morningside Park, a City of Knoxville park, so per city ordinance, all animals must be maintained on a leash.

How to Get There

Take the James White Parkway exit off of I-40; exit off of Summit Hill and make a left; as Summit Hill turns into Dandridge go half a block and make a right down a little hill; park will then be on the left.

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