Former Broadway Star Robert Hartwell Buys Home Built by Slaves

“Home is where the heart is”, and Robert Hartwell has found his.

The Broadway actor turned businessman was browsing real estate three weeks ago when he came across a house with quite a history. He immediately thought “this is my house”.

Hartwell bought the historic home on Wednesday, 24 June, and promised to “fill it with love” as a black man, to honour the pain of his ancestors.

On Thursday, 26 June, he shared the good news with his fans on Instagram, posting a photo of himself posing in front of the property. In the caption, he detailed his journey to become a landowner and the history behind the home – which was built by slaves in 1820 for a family that owned the nearby cotton mills.

The actor-turned-entrepreneur said: “When the agent asked me why I wanted such a large house I said it was ‘a generational move’ … 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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