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Viola Davis buys her birthplace on a former slave plantation as a birthday present



Hollywood actress, Viola Davis shared her gift to herself in honor of her 55th birthday.

The celebrated Black actress posted on social media Tuesday about purchasing the home where she was born.

Davis put up a photo of the now-dilapidated home in St. Matthews, South Carolina, on her verified Instagram account.

“The above is the house where I was born August 11, 1965. It is the birthplace of my story,” the caption read. “Today on my 55th year of life….I own it….all of it.”


Davis added what she wrote was a “Cherokee Birth Blessing” which read “May you live long enough to know why you were born.”

The “How To Get Away With Murder” star has been outspoken about both representation in Hollywood and the need for Black creatives to own their own stories.

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