A group of 19 Black families purchased almost 97 acres of land in Toomsboro, Georgia, in Hope of building a thriving new city as a safe haven for African Americans. Georgia-based realtor Ashley Scott launched The Freedom Georgia Initiative with her friend who happens to be an entrepreneur and investor ,Renee Walters to lead in the purchase. In an interview it was said that the tragic death of Ahmaud Arbery — a young Black man who was killed while out for a jog — inspired Scott to seek therapy and eventually establish a community in Georgia where Black people can feel safe.
After the launch of their Freedom Georgia Initiative, Scott and Walters attended local city council and zoning meetings. Then, she and 19 other families came together to purchase the large amount of land in Toomsboro.