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Viola Davis says she ‘owns’ her story of South Carolina house where she was born

Davis, who turned 55, confirmed the tiny residence the place she was born.

CALHOUN COUNTY, S.C. — Award-winning actress Viola Davis says she “owns” her story and her historical past of the house on a South Carolina plantation the place she was born.

Davis, who turned 55, posted an image of the small, rural residence on Tuesday. The plantation is situated 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. At the moment on my 55th 12 months of life…I personal it….all of it.” 

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

The remark precipitated just a little confusion, main many to imagine she meant she had bought the home. She later clarified her remark saying “Uhh… opposite to web sites…. I don’t ‘personal’ above home, I ‘personal’ my STORY!! Too summary I suppose.”

Davis has talked earlier than in regards to the space, referred to as Singleton Plantation, up to now. Whereas she was born there, her dad and mom moved her and the remainder of her siblings to Rhode Island when she was simply two months previous. 

In an interview with Individuals 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 had 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 awesome story to me,” she stated on the time. “It’s an awesome 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 at all times 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 Finest Actress for her function on the sequence “Easy methods to Get Away with Homicide.” She turn into the primary Black lady to win in that class.

In 2017, she received an Oscar for Finest 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 Finest Supporting Actress


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

Editorial word: An earlier model of this text said Davis turned the proprietor of the house. Davis later clarified she was talking metaphorically.

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