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Inside Freedom, Georgia: The Black-Owned Town That Will Serve As A Safe Haven For Black Families
Nineteen Black families have purchased nearly 100 acres of land in the rural town of Toomsboro that will be known as Freedom, Georgia.
“I’m hoping that it will be a thriving, safe haven for people of color, for Black families in particular,” Scott told CNN.
Located East of Macon in Wilkinson County, Georgia, Scott and her friend, investor and entrepreneur Renee Walters had a clear vision: to create a safe space for their Black families.
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“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,” said Scott.
“Our 96 acres is to serve as a safe haven for the 19 families that got together and purchased it and then open it up to the public to have retreats, and reunions and weddings, trails for hunting, a lake for fishing and a place for us to just breathe,” Walters added.
Both Scott and Walters said they were stressed and overwhelmed by the 2020 murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. The two felt compelled to create a refuge city for Black families fed up with the country’s racial division.
“We want to be able to buy more land to come together and build communities as we did. and that’s really what it’s about, building generational wealth,” said Scott.
To learn more about Freedom, Georgia visit thefreedomgeorgiainitiative.com