Deceased sculptor created Knoxville's Haley statue

A memorial service will be held next month in Los Angeles for sculptor Tina Allen, who depicted such figures as Martin Luther King Jr. and Alex Haley in her works.

The Alex Haley statue in Knoxville's Morningside Park was sculpted by Tina Allen. (Photo Courtesy: City of Knoxville)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A memorial service will be held next month in Los Angeles for sculptor Tina Allen, who depicted such figures as Martin Luther King Jr. and Alex Haley in her works.

Her ex-husband, Roger Allen, said the 58-year-old died last Tuesday at a Los Angeles hospital from complications of a heart attack.

Allen is probably best known for her 13-foot statue of "Roots" author Alex Haley located in Haley's hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee. The sculpture was dedicated in April 1998.

Allen's other works include bronze sculptures of George Washington Carver in the St. Louis Botanical Garden; Frederick Douglas in the African American Museum in Birmingham, Ala.; Sojourner Truth in Battle Creek, Mich.; and King in Las Vegas.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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