Viola Davis buys childhood home for her birthday

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Viola Davis is commemorating her birthday by looking back at where she came from.

The Academy Award-winning actress celebrated her 55th birthday on Tuesday by announcing on Instagram that she bought the South Carolina house where she was born, located on a former a slave plantation.

“The above is the house where I was born August 11, 1965,” she wrote, along with a picture of a small wooden house with a broken roof. “It is the birthplace of my story. Today on my 55th year of life….I own it….all of it.”

She capped off her post with a “Cherokee Birth Blessing”: “May you live long enough to know why you were born.”

Davis opened up about the property’s history and her impoverished upbringing in a 2016 interview with People and Entertainment Weekly. The house was located on the site of the Singleton Plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina, where her grandfather was a sharecropper.

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