“Welcome to Freedom!” exclaims real estate agent Ashley Scott as she surveys the nearly 97 acres of land in rural Wilkinson County, Georgia, that she and a group of 19 Black families purchased in August.
This is a great fit in a country touted as a racist land, yet some black families are breaking barriers and making move to re-write the narratives.
Scott and her friend, investor and entrepreneur Renee Walters didn’t initially plan on buying a large plot of land, but they had a vision that was clear — to create a safe space for their Black families.
She said, “I’m hoping that it will be a thriving safe haven for people of color, for Black families in particular,”
This is a good way to create a legacy, one that would make our African-American narratives change.
Initially, the duo originally got caught up about the town of Toomsboro, Ga. being for sale in an ad that eventually went viral.
“We both have Black husbands. We both have Black sons. And I was starting to get overwhelmed and have a sense of anxiety when my husband will leave the house to go to work,” says Walters. “So, it was like, OK, what can we do? And once I saw the post of Toomsboro going viral, about a town being on sale, I was like, ‘Oh, this is perfect.’”
As it turns out, that town isn’t actually for sale, so they found acreage just outside of the town in unincorporated Wilkinson Country. The rest is history.
“Our vision is to develop our vast resource-rich 96.71 acres of land in Toomsboro, GA for the establishment of an innovative community for environmentally sustainable-living, health & wellness, agricultural & economic development, arts & culture for generations to come,” the Freedom Georgia Initiative’s homepage reads.
“Our aim is to be a premier recreational, educational, and cultural destination for Black families across the African diaspora. We welcome you, your family, and all Black allies to support us in our vision to be the change we want to see!”