Robert Hartwell proudly announces he’s a homeowner!
Thursday on Instagram, the theater star — who has appeared in productions such as “Hello, Dolly!” and “Motown the Musical” – revealed he recently purchased a property that was built in 1820 by slaves. The house was previously owned by the Russell family, who owned the town’s cotton mill.
Sadly, when Hartwell first inquired about the residence, the seller made an offensive and ignorant remark.
“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 wrote.
Despite this, Hartwell was determined to move forward with the purchase.
“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,” he exclaimed.
For Hartwell, the house represents the sacrifices his ancestors made so he could become the “free gay black man” he is today.
“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,” he explained. “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,” he concluded. “Come to my White House any time. I can’t wait to have you! Glory to God in the highest. I’m a homeowner.”
After Hartwell’s inspirational post went viral, several fellow actors congratulated him on his milestone.
“So happy for you bro💪🏾🙌🏾🖤,” “Hamilton” star Ephraim Sykes said in the comments section.
“Amen AMEEEEEN!!! CONGRATULATIONS, BROTHA!!! 🖤🙏🏾🙌🏾,” “Mad Men” alum Teyonah Parris wrote.
“This made me so happy,” YouTube sensation Todrick Hall added.
Congratulations on your new home, Robert!