In order to know black history, one must do research outside of the American school system because, sadly, Black American history is largely left out. Entrepreneurial successes, land ownership and even multiple towns and cities which were owned and financed by Black people, as far back as the early 1800s, are completely left out of the history books.
Although left out of the history books, this entrepreneurial spirit of real estate, land ownership and community building hasn’t left the genetic make-up of Black people.
Ashley Scott and Renee Walters, both black entrepreneurs, decided that after the back to back unjustified killings of African American people in the streets by police officers, they wanted to provide a safe place for Black people, and others who may not be black, to live in an anti-racist community.
Therefore, they launched the Freedom Georgia Initiative and bought 100 acres of land for $1.7 million in Toomsburo, Georgia after pitching the idea to others who went in on the deal. The construction and layout, will be done and funded by black- owned businesses.
According to the website, the founders want it to be an “establishment of an innovative community for environmentally sustainable-living, health & wellness, agricultural & economic development, arts & culture for generations to come. Our aim is to be a premier recreational, educational, and cultural destination for Black families across the African diaspora.”