Sandra Cummings, a black property owner in rural Georgia, looks at the deed to her property on March 25, 2017. Cummings inherited her land after an ancestor of hers was given it by her former slave owner whom she had children with. Despite nearly losing it and having to take out predatory loans, the piece of land has remained in the family since the 1800's, a rarity for African Americans in the region. African Americans collectively owned 925,000 farms in 1920, mostly in the South. By 1975, there were only 45,000 black-owned farms in the country, mostly due to discriminatory lending practices and obscure legal loopholes such as “heir’s property” which effectively stole countless hundreds of thousands of acres from black hands.