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Alex Haley

1921-1992

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I DREAM OF GENEALOGY BIOGRAPHY OF

ALEXANDER MURRAY PALMER HALEY

Born on August 11, 1921 in Ithaca, New York to Simon Haley and Bertha Palmer, Alex Haley moved with his family to Lauderdale Co. Tennessee after his birth. As a young boy growing up, he heard stories of his African ancestors, who were brought to America as slaves. He served a long term in the Coast Guard, beginning in WWII until 1959.

In 1965, his work "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" was published and later, his best known work made "roots" a household word. That of course was "Roots: The Saga of an American Family" which was made into the blockbuster miniseries of the late 70's. In 1972, he created the Kinte Foundation to archive African-American records of historical interest.

Alex Haley died February 10, 1992 in Seattle, Washington, but his legacy lives on as our interest in finding our "roots" continues.

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