The following Fact Sheets are available for free download (pdf format ) and classroom use by educators. (To download any of the fact sheets, please click on the links provided. You must have Adobe Acrobat reader installed on your computer to open the files.)
Please contact the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation if you would like to use these fact sheets for any other purpose.
Genealogy — Discovering Your Own “Roots”
This 2-page fact sheet discusses the value of doing genealogy research and provides a brief list of recommended resources.
Alexander Haley and Kunta Kinte
Brief biographies of Alex Haley and Kunta Kinte are provided in this 2-page fact sheet. An overview of the Haley family genealogy, as it is presented in Haley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book Roots, is also included.
A slave advertisement in the Maryland Gazette newspaper, October 7, 1767
Slavery in a Border State — What Was it Like in Anne Arundel County, Maryland?
The enslaved and their descendants have been tied to the landscape of Anne Arundel County, Maryland for 350 years. Their forced labor made possible a strong tobacco economy, the rise of a wealthy planter class that held the reins of political power for centuries, and the construction of many buildings that survive today. This 4-page fact sheet includes a brief look at the rural and urban lives of the enslaved, as well as their attempts at resistance.
African-American History in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County
This fact sheet provides a 2-page timeline of African-American history for one of Maryland’s key regions.
The Story Wall of the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial
Leonard A. Blackshear Walkway and Story Wall
The Story Wall, located along the historic Annapolis, Maryland seawall at the City Dock, anchors the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial in history, within the context of slavery, the Roots saga, and author Alex Haley’s vision for racial reconciliation and healing. (2-page fact sheet)