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19 Black families purchased 96.71 acres of rural Georgia land for a 'fresh start' with a Black-centric community (Insider)


By Ellen Crankey, September 11, 2020, Insider.

In less than a month, two women turned a viral news story about a small Georgia town for sale into the foundation for a new Black-centric community with the idea of freedom at its core.

Ashley Scott, a realtor from Stonecrest, Georgia, told Insider that events that rattled the US this year — George Floyd's death in police custody in late May and the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic — had left her feeling "distraught" and "looking for ways and opportunities to make a change and to feel more empowered."

"I had recently started going to a therapist at the time and we were actively trying to figure out a way, in the midst of protest and a pandemic, of how we could be the change we wanted to see," Scott said.

"We wanted to be more involved in creating the lives we really want for our Black families," Scott wrote. "And maybe, just maybe, create some generational wealth for ourselves by investing in the land. Investing in creating a community that is built around our core values and beliefs."

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