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The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial features a bronze sculpture of author Alex Haley reading his famous novel Roots to a group of listening children. Contemplate this ugly chapter from America’s history at this monument, which sits on the very spot where many enslaved Africans first touched down in the New World following a horrific journey by slave ship across the ocean.
Take some time to contemplate the history of slavery in the U.S. at this memorial, which is dedicated to all who were trafficked into the New World against their will, as well as their descendants. The monument is also meant to serve as a symbol of the capability of the human spirit to survive and triumph over adversity.
Examine the bronze figures. The seated male holding a book represents Alex Haley himself. Beneath him at ground level are three listening children of different ethnic backgrounds. Haley is recounting the story of his ancestors and of the many Africans who arrived in chains to the New World at the Annapolis port to be sold into slavery.
Look for the sculpture wall next to the bronze figures. Read plaques inscribed with text providing further context about the memorial as well as quotes from Alex Haley’s best-selling novel, Roots. Take the time to read the quotes and internalize the messages behind them.
Consider reading Roots in advance of your visit for an even deeper understanding of the memorial site. Haley’s book tells the story of Kunta Kinte, a Gambian man who was forcibly enslaved and transported to America in the 18th century. Though the Pulitzer prize-winning novel has been mired in controversy, with questions arising regarding its factual status and Haley conceding parts of the book were plagiarized, it remains one of the most influential texts of the 20th century.
Find the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial at the City Dock Annapolis. The memorial sits on public land and is therefore free to visit at any time.
Located in the heart of Annapolis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Spa Creek and Maryland State House. William Paca House and U.S. Naval Academy are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the heart of Annapolis, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Spa Creek and Maryland State House. William Paca House and U.S. Naval Academy are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Spa Creek, Maryland State House, and William Paca House. U.S. Naval Academy is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.
Located in the heart of Annapolis, this historic hotel is steps from Maryland State House and William Paca House. St. John's College and U.S. Naval Academy are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Annapolis, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Westfield Annapolis Mall and Anne Arundel Medical Center. Maryland Hall for Creative Arts and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Westfield Annapolis Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Anne Arundel Medical Center and Broad Creek Marsh. Spa Creek is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.
Located in the heart of Annapolis, this romantic vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Spa Creek and within 3 mi (5 km) of Maryland State House and William Paca House. U.S. Naval Academy is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Westfield Annapolis Mall, Anne Arundel Medical Center, and Broad Creek Marsh. Maryland Hall for Creative Arts and Spa Creek are also within 3 mi (5 km).
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