Alex Haley Museum And Interpretive Center To Be Officially Designated A Literary Landmark

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

In honor of Alex Haley’s 93rd birthday on Monday, a Literary Landmark Dedication Ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday at The Alex Haley Museum & Interpretive Center.

The site has been designated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.

The dedication ceremony will include the unveiling of the official Literary Landmark bronze plaque; proclamations by city, county, and state officials; the United States Coast Guard and Color Guard Detail; and representatives from the Tennessee Historical Commission. The master of ceremonies will be WMC-TV 5 news anchor Justin Hanson.

The Alex Haley Museum & Interpretive Center is the second Literary Landmark in Tennessee, the first being the 1998 dedication of the Cossitt Library in Memphis honoring Richard Wright.

The Literary Landmark program is administered by United for Libraries. More than 130 Literary Landmarks across the United States have been dedicated since the program began in 1986.

Alex Haley’s boyhood home, which was built by his grandfather, William E. Palmer in 1919, served as a seat of inspiration for Haley’s Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning novel “Roots: The Saga of an American Family.” Haley’s works, life, and legacy are preserved by the museum. Built by the Tennessee Historical Commission, the facility houses a walk-through exhibit, a theater room, genealogy center, and a gift shop.

For more information, contact Paula Boger or Beverly Johnson at 731 738-2240.


National Parks Adventure 3D Opens Feb 12 In IMAX With Laser

In 1903 U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir embarked on a three-day camping trip to the Yosemite Valley. At the time, many Americans viewed the country’s untamed wilderness areas as seething, dangerous realms that should be tapped for their rich economic resources. This path might have tamed these special places out of existence. But Muir was on a mission. ... (click for more)

Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater Reopens Monday

The Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater reopened on Monday with the new IMAX with Laser projection system. Don Walker, the aquarium’s director of guest services, Corey Cobb, IMAX senior operator, and Charlie Arant, the aquarium’s president and CEO, cut a ribbon of 70mm film to mark the end of one era at the theater and the beginning of the laser era. In the past three weeks, ... (click for more)

Charges Will Not Be Filed Against Officers In Javario Eagle Case

District Attorney General Neal Pinkston said Wednesday he will not file charges against the six Chattanooga Police Department officers involved in the Dec. 12, 2015, fatal shooting of Javario Eagle.  His office said, "An investigation conducted by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office found use of deadly force by officers Lorin Johnston, Allen Griffith, Tim McFarland, Mitchell ... (click for more)

Medal Of Honor Museum Hopes To Finally Find Permanent Home At Coolidge Park

Officials of the National Medal of Honor Museum said Wednesday they hope to finally find a permanent home at Coolidge Park. Bill Raines said it is planned to build a two-story, 6,800-square-foot domed museum on two acres at the park. It will be dedicated to Medal of Honor recipient Charles H. Coolidge, who is now 94. There will be a sculpture of Mr. Coolidge - for whom the ... (click for more)

What Our Schools Are And Have Been Doing About Bullying

Bullying has been a widely discussed topic during the last few weeks in the wake of the incident involving the Ooltewah High basketball team.  Contrary to public opinion, Hamilton County Schools have not been passive in our efforts to address bullying now or for the past several years.  Unfortunately, bullying is a societal norm that is infiltrating our school community, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Grab The Reaching Hand

Three of Tennessee’s largest four cities are now searching for school superintendents. Jesse Register retired last June and, after botching the first attempt, Nashville city leaders are intensely helping the Board of Education in a search for the best candidate. In Knoxville and Chattanooga the superintendents have resigned, both under a cloud, and now the leaders of the ‘2.0’ initiative ... (click for more)