One day, she said she saw a pig, and they put him in a huge pot of scalding hot oil, and the pig was still alive. And she remembers the screaming of the pig. And she started telling the story, and she couldn’t finish. She said she could not get those screams out of her head. And that is the case with many memories of women that lived in that time period – that you just sucked it in. It’s part of our history as African-Americans. It’s one of the reasons why I loved Aibileen, because I saw all of that life in her, all those repressed memories that she couldn’t put into words. But they were there, and they just sat on her.
— Viola Davis’ mother grew up working on a plantation. She told Davis why she wouldn’t eat pork.