The famous Black actress posted on social media on Tuesday about buying the house where she was born.
Davis posted a photo of the now-destroyed home in St. Matthews, South Carolina, on her verified Instagram account.
“Above is the house where I was born on August 11, 1965. This is the birthplace of my history,” reads the headline. “Today in the 55th year of my life …. I own it …. all.”
Davis added that what she wrote was a “Cherokee birth blessing” that read “You can live long enough to know why you were born.”
The “How to Escape the Murder” star has made it clear about representation in Hollywood and the need for Black creators to master their own stories.
Davis said she “was not at the time because I was the fifth child, and so we moved quickly after I was born”.
“I mean, I came back to visit briefly, but I was still not aware of the history,” she said. “I think I read a slave story of someone who was on that plantation which was terrible. 160 acres of land, and my grandfather was a shareholder.”
Ylli said most of her uncles and cousins were also farmers because this was the only employment available to them.
The bare bone house with no running water or indoor bath was special to Davis, she said, as she confessed how much love it contained.
“My grandmother’s house was a one-room hut,” Davis said. “I have a picture of her on my phone because I think it’s a beautiful sight.”
Last year she served as a novice speaker at Barnard College in New York and told the graduating class that even if their experiences were traumatic, they should “master it.”