According to a DNA analysis, some of his ancestors were from Niger.
Morgan Freeman was born on June 1, 1937, in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the son of Mayme Edna (née Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. He has three older siblings. Freeman was sent as an infant to his paternal grandmother in Charleston, Mississippi. He moved frequently during his childhood, living in Greenwood, Mississippi; Gary, Indiana; and finally Chicago, Illinois. When Freeman was 16 years old, he almost died of pneumonia.