Viola Davis announced on Instagram that for her 55th birthday she purchased the house and property she was born on.
The house used to be inhabited by slaves. Coming back after all these years to purchase the plantation is a symbol and action of liberation.
“The above is the house where I was born August 11, 1965. It is the birthplace of my story. Today on my 55th year of life….I own it….all of it.” Viola Davis posted.
TMZ reports, “A bit more history on the former plantation … Viola described it in an interview back in 2016, and said her grandmother used to live there, and that her house — presumably the one depicted here — was a one-room shack, without a bathroom, running water or much else.
Despite sparse conditions … she recalls her mother telling her that on the day she was born, a bunch of relatives packed in here to honor the occasion, and enjoyed themselves. Viola says she didn’t live there long, but came back to visit over the years as she grew up.”