The impact of heirs’ property at the community level: The Case Study of the Prairie Farms Resettlement Community in Macon County, AL

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  • Authors: Bownes, Tristeen; Zabawa, Robert
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Publication Series: Book Chapter
  • Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-244. Asheville; NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service; Southern Research Station.

Abstract

Heirs’ property, or land and other assets passed from one generation to the next without the benefit of clear title, has been described as a major impediment to individual and community development for African Americans, particularly in the rural South. While the reasons for heirs’ property are many, including mistrust of the legal system and overt take- away schemes from local officials, little research has been conducted to examine the impact of heirs’ property at the community level.

  • Citation: Bownes, Tristeen; Zabawa, Robert. 2019. The impact of heirs’ property at the community level: The Case Study of the Prairie Farms Resettlement Community in Macon County, AL. In: Gaither, Cassandra J.; Carpenter, Ann; Lloyd McCurty, Tracy; Toering, Sara, eds. Heirs’ property and land fractionation: fostering stable ownership to prevent land loss and abandonment. June 15, 2017, Atlanta, GA. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-244. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station: 29-43.
  • Posted Date: February 16, 2021
  • Modified Date: March 3, 2021
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