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The Kunta Kinte - Alex Haley Memorial

Annapolis, MD
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Ranked #15 of 37 Attractions in Annapolis
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Cultural
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Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Cultural
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djk_9
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

It is a series of life size statues on the harbor walkway, depicting children listening to stories. Nice picture spot.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

i dont think I would go out of my way to see this attraction. But you will walk right by it if your by the water front.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Being centrally located means it is surrounded by car traffic, restaurants and gift stores. That gives it great visibility but is not conducive to reflecting on his life or the meaning of Roots. Luckily, several museums in town do provide that.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This memorial commemorates the little-known fact that Annapolis was once a center of the slave trade. The memorial is a striking sculpture of the author Alex Haley, who wrote ROOTS, telling children about his ancestor, Kunta Kinte, who was brought to America through the harbor. It's a quiet but powerful memorial.

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Mitchellville, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This memorial is at the City Dock in Annapolis near Ego Alley. The statue recognizes the roll that Annapolis played in the history of America for the sale of slaves on the city dock, and Alex Haley's telling the story of Kunta Kinte in the film series "Roots"..

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Bradenton, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Our family stopped at the memorial to rest our feet and to talk more about what this historical place was about. It was crazy to think what had happened here. It was neat to see the memorial and to be able to walk in and around it.

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Virginia Beach
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Interesting but not particularly absorbing. Statues portray Alex Haley standing with three statue children attentively listening. Partake the view as you walk along the bulkhead of the harbor.

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Churchton, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The quotes from Roots are lovely, and the statues themselves are vivid and alive. But what I love most is that it's installed in a way that encourages you to interact with them...and people DO. It's very moving to see little human people gathered in a pile among the statue kids. Beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is really cool, please don't miss it, just follow the crowds to the waterfront area and check out the statue of Alex Haley, the famous author of Roots. But, don't stop there, follow the story of African slaves, by reading the plaques that line the sidewalk. Well done!

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Alexandria, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Highly visible reminder of the darker side of American history, this memorial should not be missed when touring Annapolis. With a focus on the author Alex Haley, its quotations bring back the story the formed the basis of his widely read book about the life of African Americans deeply embedded into the American fabric. Worth the time for reading and... More 

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