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  • playground
  • parking
  • Alex Haley statue
  • adjacent to Morningside Park and Isabella Towers
  • Morningside Greenway
  • City Council District: 6

    Alex Haley Heritage Square Adoptees
    - Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development

    Alex Haley Heritage Square
    Morningside Drive

    Alex Haley Statue

    East Knoxville



    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 mini-series.

    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.

    Please click to view a printable version of this map.


    1.) For the protection of our park and the safety of its users, the following are prohibited

  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No firearms
  • 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.
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