As Property Values Rise In Atlanta, So Does The Exploitation Of Black Homeowners
BY STEPHANNIE STOKES, GEOFF HING, APM REPORTS | SEP 14, 2020
Sarah Mae Rogers said she built her house from the foundation up.
She lives in a blue, single-story home at the southern edge of Grant Park. She purchased it through a nonprofit called Charis in the 1980s. As part of the deal, her family took part in construction.
“Every Saturday, me and my son had to come and help on the house until we got this house where it’s at now,” Rogers said.
Rogers is proud of this. She’s about 70 years old, with a past that otherwise weighs on her. She grew up around Athens, and she remembers the racism clearly. She thinks back to one time when a group of white men drove by and threw bottles at her.