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Viola Davis' Family Farm Was On The Grounds of a Former Plantation

“I wasn’t on it long, because I was the fifth child, so we moved soon after I was born,” said Davis.
Viola Davis’ Family Farm Was On The Grounds of a Former Plantation
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In an interview with the editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly Jess Cagle, Emmy Award winner Viola Davis shared details about her family’s home and farm on the grounds of a former plantation.

“I think I read one slave narrative of someone who was on that plantation which was horrific,” the HTGAWM star recalled. “160 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.”

The actress also shared that she keeps a special memento of her family’s history close to her.

“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,” she said.  “[There was] no running water. No bathroom; just an outhouse, but my mom says that the day I was born, all of my aunts and uncles were in the house; she said everyone was drinking and laughing, and having fun. She said she ate a sardine-mustard-onion-tomato sandwich after I was born.”

“I love that story,” she continued. “It’s a great story to me. It’s a great story of celebration in the midst of what you would feel in a decimated environment, but you could see the joy and the life that can come out of that, because it’s not always about things.” 

Check out the entire interview here.


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