The famous Black actress posted on social media Tuesday about buying the house where she was born.
Davis posted a photo of the now dilapidated house in St. Petersburg. Matthews, South Carolina, on her verified Instagram account.
“Above is the house where I was born on August 11, 1965. That’s the birthplace of my story,” the caption reads. “Today in the 55th year of my life …. I own it …. all.”
Davis added what she wrote as “Cherokee Birth Blessings” which read “May you live long enough to know why you were born.”
The “How To Get Away With Murder” star has been outspoken about representation in Hollywood and the need for Black creators to own their own story.
Davis said she “didn’t stay long, because I was the fifth child, and so we moved soon after I was born.”
“I mean, I went back to visit briefly but don’t know the history,” she said. “I think I read a slave story of a man who was on that plantation horribly. 160 acres, and my grandfather was a sharer.”
The star says that most of her uncles and cousins are farmers too because it’s the only job for them.
The barren house without running water or the bathroom in the house is special to Davis, she says, when she recounts how much love it contains.
“My grandmother’s home was a one-room shack,” Davis said. “I have a picture of it on my phone because I think it’s a good picture.”
Last year, she served as a lecturer at Barnard College in New York and told the graduating class that even if their experience was traumatic, they should “Take it.”