Black Families Seek Return of Land Seized Through Eminent Domain

Written by on June 8, 2023

For much of their lives, the Jones siblings had passed by a parking lot on the campus of the University of Alabama in Huntsville without giving it much thought. Then one day, a relative casually pointed to the spot and said she thought it was once owned by their ancestors, who had farmed the land since the 1870s.

The Joneses want it back.

“For our family and others, it’s not just about the taking of the land, it’s about the taking . . .

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