Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
African American Lives 2 -- Hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
In Search of Our Roots -- Buy the companion book now from ShopPBS
Morgan Freeman
Sorry, you need the latest version of the free flash player in order to watch the video clips.


Select Another Profile
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Linda Johnson Rice Don Cheadle Chris Rock Tom Joyner Peter Gomes Maya Angelou Morgan Freeman Jackie Joyner-Kersee Tina Turner Katheleen Henderson Bliss Broyard
Morgan Freeman is a Golden Globe and Academy Award award-winning actor, producer and director. He has received Oscar nominations for acting in four films, Street Smart (1987), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), and Million Dollar Baby (2004), for which he received the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Freeman's other notable acting roles include Se7en (1995), Amistad (1997), Kiss the Girls (1997) and Gone Baby Gone (2007).

Milestones in Morgan Freeman's ancestry:

  • Between 1790 and 1860, 1 million slaves are forced to move from the upper South to the deep South to create the cotton kingdom. Among them are Morgan Freeman's great, great grandparents, Lilton Wright and Sylvia Cain, who are forced to move from North Carolina to Mississippi.

  • 1930s Morgan Freeman's mother, Mamie Freeman, and grandmother, Lenora Revere, teach at the Mary Holmes School, in Clay County, Mississippi, the only school in Mississippi at that time dedicated to the education of black women.

  • 1930s and 1940s Workers for the Federal Writers Project, part of the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.), interview former slaves throughout the South, including Cindy Anderson, Morgan Freeman's great grandmother.

  • 1937 Morgan Freeman is born in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • Put Morgan Freeman's life and ancestry in historical context with the Interactive Historical Timeline.


    Major corporate funding for African American Lives 2 and its outreach initiatives is provided by The Coca-Cola Company and Johnson & Johnson. Additional corporate funding is provided by Buick.
    The Coca-Cola Company Johnson & Johnson Buick
    KUNHARDT Thirteen/WNET New York