and Kelli Williams
founded 40 Acres Investments to make a community impact. With the importance of creating generational investments in mind, they started the business to support their current family, future family, and the community.
The origin of the name "40 Acres" comes from the 1865 field order, which enacted the redistribution of roughly 400,000 acres of land to newly freed black families in forty-acre segments.
The order's immediate effect provided for the settlement of roughly 40,000 freed people, but the order was short-lived and overturned when the civil war ended. Most of the designated land was returned to the original owners, leaving newly freed people without the promised land or even a home. Read the full Field Order here
40 Acres Investments' mission is to fulfill a portion of the original intention by order no. 15, to support the Black community by acquiring, maintaining, and utilizing properties and land to create a new generational opportunity and trajectory.