Alex Haley Heritage Square
Directions: Take the James White Parkway exit off of I-40; exit off of Summit Hill and make a left; as Summit Hill turns into Dandridge go half a block and make a right down a little hill; park will then be on the left.
Alex Haley Square is a part of Morningside Park in east Knoxville. The
park is renown across the United States for having the only 12 foot
high bronze statue of author and Pulitzer prize winner Alex Haley. Haley
is best known for his book "Roots," in which he traced his
origins back to Africa. His book was made into an acclaimed television
The statue is the focal point
of the park. It was designed by sculptress Tina Allen and cast in bronze in
New York City. The statue weighs 4,200 pounds and was dedicated in February
1998 during Black History Month. Other amenities in the park include a play
structure, water fountain and green space. The play structure was designed and
built as part of a "volunteer community built" concept spearheaded
by the Kimberly Clark Corporation. The playground was designed by children who
live in the Morningside community and constructed on site by Knoxville residents
in just a few days.
PARK RULES & REGULATIONS:No alcoholic beverages
1.) For the protection of our park and the safety of its users,
the following are prohibited
No open fires
No hitting golf balls anywhere in the park
No motorized vehicles in park
No equestrian activity
2.) Per city ordinance, all animals must be maintained on a leash.
3.) Please be respectful of other trail users
4.) Please help to keep our parks beautiful by disposing trash in proper receptacles.
5.) Hours - Open dawn to dusk unless otherwise posted.