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‘Roots’ Author To Get Statue

April 9, 1998

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Actor Louis Gossett Jr., who appeared in the TV miniseries ``Roots,″ will join members of Alex Haley’s family in dedicating a statue to the late writer.

The 13-foot-high, 4,200-pound bronze figure, described as America’s largest statue of a black man, depicts Haley sitting with a book in his hand.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ``Roots″ was born in west Tennessee and later lived in Knoxville. He died in 1992.

Gossett won an Emmy in 1977 for his portrayal of the slave Fiddler in the TV miniseries based on Haley’s novel.

The statue was installed in November and will be dedicated April 24.

Also expected to show up at the dedication are Haley’s relatives, former Tennessee Gov. Lamar Alexander and Robert Guillaume, who starred in the TV series ``Benson.″

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