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19 families buy nearly 97 acres of land in Georgia to create a city safe for Black people

September 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Land purchased by the Freedom Georgia Initiative in Wilkinson County, Georiga.

"Welcome to Freedom!" exclaims real estate agent Ashley Scott as she surveys the nearly 97 acres of land that she and a group of 19 Black families purchased in August.

(CNN)"Welcome to Freedom!" exclaims real estate agent Ashley Scott as she surveys the nearly 97 acres of land that she and a group of 19 Black families purchased in August.

"I'm hoping that it will be a thriving safe haven for people of color, for Black families in particular," Scott says.

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.

The two wanted to launch an initiative that would create a new city founded by Black families.

They hope to incorporate the land they bought into a new Black city, called Freedom, Georgia.

After Scott and Walters discovered the town itself wasn't up for sale, Scott put on her real estate hat and looked for land in the area.

"There's so many former Black cities," said Scott.

Scott and Walters say they've gotten questions about why they want to create an all-Black city.

"It's impossible to have anything exclusively Black because our families are integrated," says Scott.

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