How Generations of Black Americans Lost Their Land to Tax Liens
On my first assignment for Bloomberg Businessweek, I traveled to St. Helena Island, a sea island rich in Gullah culture that sits between Charleston and Savannah, GA."Gullah culture, the richest expression of African traditions is centered here". And while this is true, unfortunately most of the land has been stolen and seized by white families generations ago.Photographed, are the daughter and granddaughter of Evelina Jenkins, who owned acres of land on St. Helena Island years ago. Due to a discrepancy with property taxes, her land was taken, and turned into a subdivision on horse island, awarding this white family generational wealth for years to come.Generations of Black families have had land stolen and repossessed, which aids immensely to the wealth gap in this country.These are scenes of the Jenkins family on the stolen land that was once rightfully there's. They are on a fight to have it rightfully returned to them.