Morgan Freeman

by ethnic on July 18, 2009

Morgan Freeman ethnicity

Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee or Mississippi, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 1, 1937

Ethnicity: African-American, more distant English

Morgan Freeman is an American actor, narrator, director, and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Million Dollar Baby (2004).

Morgan is the son of Mayme Edna (Revere) and Morgan Porterfield Freeman. His parents were both black. He has four children, including actor Alfonso Freeman.

While he is usually stated as having been born in Memphis, Tennessee, Morgan’s listing on the 1940 U.S. Census states that he was born in Mississippi, where his parents were from.

Morgan’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Alfred Carr, was a caucasian man (with English ancestry) who had eight children with Morgan’s black great-great-grandmother, Celia Johnson. The two lived together, or close to each other, in Mississippi, though they could not legally marry at the time (the late 1800s). The couple was buried side by side.

Morgan’s paternal grandfather was named Hubert Freeman. Hubert was born in North Carolina.

Morgan’s paternal grandmother was Evie Anderson (the daughter of Albert Anderson and Lucinda “Cindy” Cain). Evie was born in Mississippi. Lucinda was born into slavery in Mississippi, and was the daughter of Milton Wright and Sylvia Cain.

Morgan’s maternal grandfather was Jacob Isiah Revere (the son of Daniel Revere and Riller). Jacob was born in Florida.

Morgan’s maternal grandmother was Lenora Greenlee (the daughter of Samuel Greenlee and Elizabeth/Betty Carr). Lenora was born in Mississippi. Elizabeth was the daughter of Alfred Carr and Celia/Celie Johnson.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show African American Lives 2 (2008) stated that Morgan’s genetic ancestry is:

*83% Sub-Saharan African
*17% European

In his 2009 book about the show, In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote that 75% of Morgan’s African DNA matches the Congo-Angola region, and 25% matches the Upper Guinea region, including the Shong and Tuareg people. On his father’s side, his DNA has matches with Igbo (Nigerian) ancestry.

Sources: Genealogies of Morgan Freeman –

Morgan’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Morgan’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Morgan’s maternal grandfather, Jacob Isiah Revere, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Background story on Morgan’s caucasian great-great-grandfather, Alfred Carr, and black great-great-grandmother, Celia Johnson –

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andrew August 27, 2016 at 8:12 am
GLXY March 23, 2016 at 3:56 am

CORRECTION: In his 2009 book , In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past., Henry Louis Gates wrote on page 77 more details about Morgan Freeman’s african ancestry:

75 % came from Congo-Angola region
25 % came from Upper Guinea (inclunding Shong,Tuareg)

On his father’s side DNA testing also have matches with Igbo (Nigeria) ancestry.

cwm85 August 8, 2015 at 11:54 am

I think in African American lives his dna test came back 77 percent African and 23 European.

fuzzybear44 August 8, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Morgan was 83% african

cwm85 August 8, 2015 at 12:54 pm

83? You must have just looked it up. That’s a lot of African ancestry. He also thought he had native ancestry but the test concluded he had none… even Morgan as African as he is is almost 1/5th European. His great-great grand father gave 6 percent European so his other 11 percent had to come from someone else. It would be interesting if that could be traced, where his other European ancestry came from.

neiltennant August 8, 2015 at 10:24 am

what is his eye colour ?

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 11:44 pm


GLXY November 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm

He trace some of his African ancestries in Niger. Why you don’t mention that ?

nthn820 August 4, 2012 at 11:14 am

The outdated Ancestrybydna test on African American Lives 2 said he has white ancestry but they did not mention the percentage and it was revealed one of his great great grandfathers was white.

Liam O'Connel December 27, 2011 at 6:02 am

read somewhere that he has scottish roots going back years and years

Winny March 29, 2010 at 2:20 am

Morgan Freeman is amazing and wonderful actor! I am his big fan, love all his movies. who doesn’t like Morgan Freeman?

Irishlad March 28, 2010 at 6:17 am

A Great actor. A big fan of his. Loved shawshank redemption and Bruce Almighty.

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