- Haley received a Pulitzer Prize for his book, and the TV series won several major awards.
- Including weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, the book is considered a publishing and cultural sensation.
- The state of Tennessee put a historical marker by Haley's childhood home in Henning, noting the influence he had as an author because of Roots.
- He was buried in the front yard of his childhood home, where a memorial marks the gravesite.
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