Viola Davis buys home she was born in – that used to be a slave plantation – on her birthday

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  • Viola Davis bought the home she briefly stayed in as a child as she marked her 55th birthday.
  • The home, belonging to her grandmother, was a one-room shack, without a bathroom and running water. It was also located on a former slave plantation.
  • "I do not 'own' [the] above house, I 'own' my STORY!" she explained.


Viola Davis celebrated her birthday – and fulfilled her life's purpose.

The actor, who turned 55 on Tuesday, shared on Instagram that she recently bought her childhood home.

"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," she wrote, before adding a quote.

"'May you live long enough to know why you were born.' -Cherokee Birth Blessing."

Owning her home, also means owning her story.

She wrote in the comments on the post: "I do not 'own' above house, I 'own' my STORY!! Too abstract I guess."

TMZ reports that the South Carolina house, located on a former slave plantation, is the one where her grandmother used to stay.

She opened up about the one-room shack, which didn't have a bathroom and running water, in a 2016 interview with Entertainment Weekly.

She recalled her mother telling her that when she was born, relatives came to visit her there, and she's always loved that story.

"It's a great story to me," she said. "It's a story of celebration in the midst of what you would feel is a decimated environment. But you can see the joy and the life that can come out of that."

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