Families purchase 100 acres in Georgia to create safe haven for Black people

The Freedom Georgia Initiative, a group of 19 Black families, got together in July and bought the 97 acres and have lofty goals for the land.

“We anticipate on being the eighth city in Wilkinson County and to be the city of Freedom, Georgia, is on our radar,” Ashley Scott, vice president of the group, told WGXA. “We want especially our Black families to come to be pioneers with us.”

It began after Scott got a call from her friend Renee Walters about a hugely read story about land for sale close to the town of Toomsboro, CNN reported. They found out about a swath of land available and because of the anxiety they felt for their families amid the unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd, worked to buy it to create a safe space.

“We thought it would be a five to ten-year process, but with the outpouring of support that we’ve gotten we can make this happen much faster,” Scott said. “As soon as we can acquire the land, the people, the bodies we are going to be pushing this.”

The group hopes to install Wi-Fi, water and other infrastructure while planning residential, retail and recreation areas.

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