The saying goes that you can’t love other people without first loving yourself. And it’s true!
Hollywood actress; Viola Davis, gave herself a 55th birthday present by purchasing the house in Saint Matthews, S.C., where she was born on Aug. 11, 1965. The spot marks her grandmother’s old farm on what was the Singleton Plantation.
The ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ star had talked about the plantation in an interview with EW in 2016. She said;
“I wasn’t on it long, because I was the fifth child, and so we moved soon after I was born. I mean, I went back to visit briefly but still not aware of the history. I think I read one slave narrative of someone who was on that plantation which was horrific. 160 acres of land and my grandfather was a sharecropper. Most of my uncles and cousins, they’re farmers. That’s the choice that they had. My grandmother’s house was a one-room shack. I have a picture of it on my phone because I think it’s a beautiful picture.”
Despite “no running water” and “no bathroom” beyond an outhouse, Davis loves the story of her birth because “it’s a great story of celebration in the midst of what you would feel is a decimated environment.”
“My mom says that the day I was born, all of my aunts and uncles were in the house,” Davis recalled. “She said, everyone was drinking and laughing and having fun. She said she ate a sardine, mustard, onion, tomato sandwich after I was born.”
The actress who was born on the former plantation in South Carolina, shared the news on Tuesday, August 11. It was further learned that she not only owns the property itself, but also the land surrounding it.
Viola Davis tweeted;
The above is the house where I was born on August 11, 1965. It is the birthplace of my story. Today on my 55th year of life…I own it….all of it. “May you live long enough to know why you were born.”
There’s something powerful and poetic about owning your own story, and Viola Davis now finally gets to say she owns her birthplace. Congratulations!