Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Robert Hartwell: Broadway Star Buys House Built by Slaves

Robert Hartwell Buys House Built by Slaves
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*Broadway star Robert Hartwell says he has “never been prouder to be a Black man” after purchasing a house built by slaves. 

The actor/entrepreneur intends to renovate the property in honor of his ancestors and then “fill it with love.”

Sharing the news on Instagram alongside a photo of himself standing next to the home, Hartwell wrote: “3 weeks ago I found this house online. I said ‘this is my house’. I called the seller and was told it was a cash only offer and that ‘I’m sure that takes you off the table,’ ” he recalled on his social media accounts.

Adding, “Don’t you ever underestimate a hard working black man,” he wrote. “I saw the house last week and when I walked in I knew I was home.”

Check out his IG Post below. 

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3 weeks ago I found this house online. I said “this is my house”. I called the seller and was told it was a cash only offer and that “I’m sure that takes you off the table”. Don’t you ever underestimate a hard working black man. I saw the house last week and when I walked in I knew I was home. The house was built in 1820 for the Russell family who owned the cotton mill in town. Slavery was still legal. When the agent asked me why I wanted such a large house I said it was “a generational move”. I know this house is bigger than me. I wish I could’ve told my ancestors when they were breaking their backs in 1820 to build this house that 200 years later a free gay black man was going to own it and fill it with love and find a way to say their name even when 200 years later they still thought I would be “off the table”. We are building our own tables. I’ve never been prouder to be a black man. Come to my White House any time. I can’t wait to have you! Glory to God in the highest. I’m a homeowner.

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He continued, “The house was built in 1820 for the Russell family who owned the cotton mill in town. Slavery was still legal. When the agent asked me why I wanted such a large house I said it was ‘a generational move’. I know this house is bigger than me.”

The Broadway Collective founder added, “I wish I could’ve told my ancestors when they were breaking their back in 1820 to build this house that 200 years later a free gay black man was going to own it and fill it with love and find a way to say their name even when 200 years later they still thought I would be ‘off the table.’ “

“We are building our own tables. I’ve never been prouder to be a black man,” he added. “Come to my White House any time. I can’t wait to have you! Glory to God in the highest. I’m a homeowner.”

His exciting news was met with love from followers and colleagues. 

“Amen AMEEEEEN!!! CONGRATULATIONS, BROTHA!!!,” “Mad Men” alum Teyonah Parris said in a comment.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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