UPDATE: Viola Davis Did Not Buy The Former Plantation Land Where She Was Born

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 13: Viola Davis arrives at the Premiere of Amazon Studios' 'Troop Zero' at Pacific Theatres at The Grove on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/FilmMagic,)

UPDATE: Viola Davis Did Not Buy The Former Plantation Land Where She Was Born

The Oscar winner cleared up the “abstract” Instagram post.

PUBLISHED ON : AUGUST 13, 2020 / 10:11 AM

Written by BET Staff


A social media post had Viola Davis fans believing she bought the former plantation where she was born. The Oscar winner is now explaining she didn’t buy the land, it was just a misinterpreted Instagram post.

When Davis posted a photo of the house where she was born for her 55th birthday and added the caption, “I own it,” she didn't mean bought the house. 

She later wrote in the comments on the Instagram post,  “Uhh....contrary to websites....I do not ‘own’ above house. I ‘own’ my STORY!! Too abstract I guess.”

See the original story below.


Viola Davis was born on a former plantation in Saint Matthews, South Carolina 55 years ago yesterday. 

Now, the Oscar-winning actress owns that plantation.

Davis announced on her Instagram that she bought the plantation where she was born, writing, “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.”

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Back in 2015, Davis told Glamour that her childhood home was on her grandmother's farm and  a former slave plantation.

No word on what Davis will do with her new land but her ancestors are surely proud. 


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