The late creator Haley to be honored on her 100th birthday by the town of Maryland | Nationwide information

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (AP) – In commemoration of its 100th birthday, Maryland’s capital this weekend honored the late author Alex Haley and his extended family, citing his research that led to a better understanding of all Americans about the legacy of slavery.

Haley’s family received keys to the city of Annapolis at a meeting on Saturday, the Capital Gazette reported.

As the author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family, an award-winning book and television series in the 1970s, Haley completed genealogical research that led him to discover that he was a descendant of Kunta Kinte, an African kidnapped man. enslaved and sold at City Dock in Annapolis.

Haley died in 1992 and would have turned 100 on August 11th. Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley announced August 11th as Alex Haley Day in town.

“Alex Haley’s connections with Annapolis are rooted in the most barbaric chapter in American history. It was a story that needed to be told and he was the one to tell it, ”said Buckley.

A memorial erected at City Dock after Haley’s death contains a sculpture of Haley and three children listening to him. A marker showing the dock’s history as a port for the slave trade will be erected in a few months, local historian Janice Hayes-Williams said.

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