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Virtual Unveiling of Alex Haley Historical Marker

Join us for a livestream unveiling the historical marker in front of Alex Haley's birthplace on Cascadilla St. from The History Center in Tompkins County Facebook page on August 8th at 11am. Members of the Alex Haley Memorial Project will speak about Haley's life and impact.

This is a virtual program only.
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The Alex Haley Memorial Project, in collaboration with The History Center in Tompkins County, will live stream a ceremony to honor Ithaca-born Alex Haley on August 8th, at 11am. Alex Haley is a celebrated author, best known for his 1967 book Roots: The Saga of an American Family, and The Autobiography of Malcolm X. The ceremony will unveil a historic place sign on Cascadilla Street marking the house where he was born. The ceremony will include thoughts from members of the Alex Haley Memorial Project, the Legacy Foundation which provided funding for the sign, The History Center in Tompkins County, and local representatives. Due to an abundance of caution, interested audiences are encouraged to participate through a livestream on The History Center’s Facebook page. A sign language interpreter will be present to ensure equal access to the livestream.
Alex Haley was born in Ithaca on August 11th, 1921. His parents were enrolled respectively at Cornell University and the Ithaca Conservatory of Music. The connection to Tompkins County higher institutions of education was unusual for Black Americans in that era, and is an important reminder of the continuing systemic inequalities that persist today. His work Roots: The Saga of An American Family and the subsequent television adaption is one of the most influential and important U.S. works in the last century.


The unveiling ceremony on August 8th closely marks the 99th anniversary of Alex Haley’s birth. The Alex Haley Memorial Project and The History Center in Tompkins County look forward to additional programming next summer for the centennial anniversary.


The History Center in Tompkins County helps communities use the tools of history to understand the past, gain perspective on the present, and play an informed role in shaping the future.


For additional information, please contact:
Benjamin Sandberg, Executive Director
Email: director@thehistorycenter.net
Phone: (607) 273-8284, ext. 222

Saturday, August 8 at 11:00am to 12:00pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Educational/Workshops/Lectures

Age Range

Family-Friendly

Cost

Free

Group
Tompkins Center for History and Culture
Hashtag

#tompkinshistory

Event Contact

community@thehistorycenter.net

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