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From homeless to highway: Tyler Perry reveals new Atlanta highway sign pointing to his 330-acre studio grounds


Tyler Perry (Paras Griffin/Getty Images for ESSENCE)

He’s already conquered Hollywood with movies that have grossed over a billion dollars at the box office.

But now, it’s official that Tyler Perry is the burgeoning King of Atlanta.

There is a newly updated highway sign with his name on it — pointing to an exit just a mile away from the 330 acres historic army base he has owned since 2016.

The cross dressing chitlin circuit kingpin took to social media on Wednesday to spread the news of how the sign — which originally denoted Fort McPherson — is now bearing his name.

“Driving into work today I saw these signs on the highways being changed. My eyes filled with water knowing what God has allowed to happen in my life,” the writer, director, producer and star of the hit Madea movies shared in a Facebook post.

“Atlanta has truly been the promised land for me. I came here with nothing, lived off Sylvan Road, ended up homeless and starving, but I was always praying and believing," he continued.

The exit now bearing the production studio’s name is on Georgia State Route 166, a mile past the Sylvan Road and Cleveland Avenue exit.

Tyler Perry Studios is located between downtown Atlanta and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and is reportedly poised to become one of the largest motion picture studios in the nation.

“I was always keeping the faith, knowing that if I worked hard, did my absolute best, kept my integrity, honored every blessing, and remained grateful through it all that everything would work out. And it has, thank God,” wrote Perry.

“But to all of you looking at my life now, I want to share a scripture/prayer that helped me keep going from St. Mark 9:23-25. It’s a simple prayer by a man who had faith, a man who believed, but still had doubts. He said, “LORD I believe but help my unbelief.”