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.