In July 1942, the US Government confiscates 2,687 acres at Harris Neck, Georgia (see timeline entry for September 2, 1865) for the stated purpose of building an Army airfield.

Inhabitants are given three weeks to move off their land. Crops, houses, and all other buildings (with the exceptions of the FAB Church of Harris Neck and the house of Lilly Livingston (one of two white women living at Harris Neck) are bulldozed or burned. No provisions are made by the US Government for the community regarding new land or future living arrangements.

Most, but not all, property owners are paid a few dollars per acre for land, but not houses, businesses, other buildings, or any improvement.

 

Reference:  https://www.change.org/p/return-harris-neck-land-to-rightful-owners

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