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Broadway star Robert Hartwell buys house built by slaves to ‘fill it with love’


Broadway star Robert Hartwell bought his dream home three weeks ago but told his Instagram followers that he had to battle with a real estate agent who he implied was racist.

Hartwell, who has starred in “Memphis: The Musical”, “Cinderella” and the Tony-award winning revival of “Hello, Dolly!” detailed his journey of buying the house, which was built in the early 1800s by slaves.

Under a picture of him grinning outside a two-hundred-year-old colonial house, 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’. Don’t you ever underestimate a hard-working black man.”

Hartwell pursued his house, despite the seller’s attempt to put him off.

“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’.”

Hartwell ended his June 24 post on an upbeat note,

“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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