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Viola Davis buys South Carolina plantation where she was born

Davis, who turned 55, confirmed the information on her social media accounts on Tuesday.

CALHOUN COUNTY, S.C. — Award-winning actress Viola Davis has bought the South Carolina plantation the place she was born, an announcement she made on the identical day she celebrated her birthday.  

Davis, who turned 55, confirmed the information on her social media accounts on Tuesday. The plantation is positioned close to the city of St. Matthews in Calhoun County, about 38 miles from Columbia. 

“The above is the home the place I used to be born on August 11, 1965. It’s the birthplace of my story. Right now on my 55th yr of life…I personal it….all of it.” 

She then added a Cherokee blessing which says, “Could you reside lengthy sufficient to know why you have been born.”

Davis has talked earlier than concerning the space, often known as Singleton Plantation, previously. Whereas she was born there, her mother and father moved her and the remainder of her siblings to Rhode Island when she was simply two months outdated. 

In an interview with Folks and Leisure Weekly in 2016, she stated she had been again to go to the land briefly. Her household labored as sharecroppers and farmers on the land. 

She stated her household did not have a lot after they have been there, however they did attempt to  discover pleasure. She stated on the day she was born there was laughing and her mom ate a sardine, mustard, onion, and tomato sandwich. 

“It’s an amazing story to me,” she stated on the time. “It’s an amazing story of celebration within the midst of what you’ll really feel is a decimated surroundings, however you could possibly see the enjoyment and the life that may come out of that, as a result of it’s not all the time about issues, you understand.” 


Since that humble starting, Davis has gone on to nice success. She’s received a Tony Award for her work on Broadway and in 2016 she earned an Emmy for Greatest Actress for her function on the collection “Find out how to Get Away with Homicide.” She turn out to be the primary Black lady to win in that class.

In 2017, she received an Oscar for Greatest Supporting Actress for her work in “Fences.” Oddly sufficient, it was for a similar function she received the Tony for when she appeared within the stage model years earlier. 

RELATED: Viola Davis, SC Native, Wins Greatest Supporting Actress


Davis additionally produced a documentary with a connection to her start state. Alongside NBA star Steph Curry, she was behind the movie “Emanuel” which advised the story of the 9 Black churchgoers who have been murdered by a white supremacist on the Mom Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. 

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