"Kunta Kinte - Alex Haley" Historical Explorations Tip by apbeaches

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The Original Plaque - A Modern Mystery

The original plaque commemorating the arrival of Kunta Kinte on September 29, 1767 aboard the ship Lord Ligonier was installed in the walkway along the waters edge at the Annapolis, Maryland City Dock in 1981. Alex Haley, the author of the Pulitzer prize-winning book Roots, a story about Kunta Kinte and his descendants, attended the plaque?s dedication ceremony Thousands of people witnessed the historic event.

Today the whereabouts of that original plaque remain one of the biggest mysteries of the history of Annapolis. For within 48 hours after the dedication ceremony, the plaque was stolen by one or more unknown thieves. The thieves left a calling card stating the site had been visited by the KKK. The story immediately caught the attention of the international media. The local citizens, enraged over the theft, vowed to raise new funds to replace the stolen plaque.

Two months later a replacement plaque was installed. While extensive search efforts were made to find the original plaque, including dredging the waters along the dock area, it has never been found. The plaque visitors see today is the 1981 replacement plaque.

The Story Wall
The Row of granite-framed markers along the City seawall present ten sculpted bronze plaques. The plaques share messages designed to encourage reconciliation and healing from a legacy of slavery, ethic hatred, and oppression. They include commentray and original art about translated epigraphs from Alex Haley's messages in Roots.

The Sculpture Group
The Sculpture Group contains of a life-size bronze statue of a seated Alex Haley reading from a book on his lap, and three life-size bronze sculptures of children from different ethnic backgrounds. It was a beautiful day & we sat next to Alex Haley, with others and enjoyed the view of the Memorial?s sculptures, the harbor & boats.

Address: 31 Old Solomons Ilsand Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
Directions: At the Annapolis City Dock
Phone: 410 841-6920
Website: http://www.kintehaley.org

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  • Updated Apr 19, 2009
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