Tyler Perry does it again. The 50-year-old Film and TV powerhouse, opened the first African American major film studio in Atlanta, Georgia.

The opening was filled with a number of Hollywood actors and Entertainment leaders such as Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee, Oprah Winfrey and Samuel L. Jackson.

The film studio rests on 330 acres, and was formerly a military base entitled Fort McPherson. The southwestern Atlanta military base played an important role in the Civil War, which was invoked over disagreements about slavery.

The massive film studio was a Confederate army base in the 1800’s during the Civil War. The Confederate army was against releasing 3.9 million slaves.

Yet after Perry’s $30 million historic acquisition, it is probably the biggest African American film studio in the world. A place that represented bondage and oppression, now represents freedom and hope.

The studio has its own “Walk of Fame” and has several soundstages named after actors and actresses such as Hally Berry, Spike Lee, Oprah, Will Smith, Diahann Carroll and more.