Viola Davis Denies Story Of Purchasing Plantation House Where She Was Born

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Viola Davis has come a long way to become an award winning actress. She celebrated another birthday and jumped on Instagram to clarify a few of her words. A story broke on (August 11) that the How to Get Away With Murder actress purchased the house she was birthed in which is an actual former plantation in South Carolina.

The Hollywood star stated, “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,” the actress wrote. “May you live long enough to know why you were born. -Cherokee Birth Blessing.”

Mistakenly outlets started to report Davis had bought her former home. She debunked the story by saying, “Uhh….contrary to websites….I do not ‘own’ above house, I ‘own’ my STORY!! Too abstract I guess,” she wrote. Years ago, Viola shared with PEOPLE that her grandfather was a sharecropper on the plantation and her family lived there.

I went back to visit briefly, but still not aware of the history,” said Viola back in 2016. “I think I read one slave narrative of someone who was on that plantation, which was horrific. One hundred and sixty 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. And 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.”