Real Estate agent Ashley Scott and 19 families have given new meaning to the phrase “land of the free.”
The group spearheaded the Freedom Georgia Initiative, who purchased nearly 97 acres of land in August.
"I'm hoping that it will be a thriving safe haven for people of color, for Black families in particular," Scott told CNN.
The land is located East of Macon in rural Wilkinson County, Georgia. Scott and her friend, investor, and entrepreneur, Renee Walters, didn't initially plan on buying a large plot of land.
However, the team had the vision to create a safe space for their Black families.
"Being able to create a community that is thriving, that is safe, that has agriculture and commercial businesses that are supporting one another and that dollars circulating in our community, that is our vision,” Scott said.
The group said the dream has been in motion for a while, but Scott and Walters said the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by the hands of police, and Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed by two white men while jogging in Brunswick, Georgia, heighten their sense of urgency.
When a for sale ad of the Town of Toomsboro went viral, the team took action.
The ad read: "It is one of the few places where you can buy a whole town with every kind of building including a historic inn, a syrup mill, an opera house, a schoolhouse, a railroad depot, a cotton warehouse, a restaurant, a barbershop, a water wheel, a grist mill, a workshop, a filling station, and several houses," the ad read.
"She said Ashley, did you see the article about Toomsboro for sale? For the price of a small condo, we could buy a whole town for $1.7 million," Scott said.
Scott, Walters, and 19 families formed the Freedom Georgia Initiative and they hope to incorporate the land they bought and name it, Freedom, Georgia.
Scott and Walter aim to create a legacy, a safe place, and a home for Black people.
"To be able to pass this land down to my children and to the children that are represented by each of our 19 families,” Scott said. “As a piece of legacy. We're hoping to create a legacy."
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