My Grandmother bought this house in 1989, and It was in this house that she proudly cared for and raised children as a foster parent in the city of Milwaukee for over 35 years. She was also an evangelist who had an overwhelming sense of spiritual and communal pride. Every August, on her birthday she would throw a huge extravaganza to celebrate her day. She would grill, cook soul food, bake cakes, pies and invite friends, family, neighbors and strangers to share in the joy of life. She taught me and so many others lessons about faith, unconditional love, and what it truly means to give from the heart. Unfortunately, due to predatory lending, my grandmother lost her house in 2009. The effects of a Reverse Mortgage loan made it almost impossible for her to afford the ever changing interest rates. Upon repurchasing the property, I pondered on how I would use the space to both honor the legacy of my Grandmother while also aligning my creative and entrepreneurial endeavors. Growing up I was an avid reader and I used reading to time travel. Reading was my escape and it allowed me to travel to unimaginable places. I love the transformative power of words, and I love the power of story and how reading can change the trajectory of one's life. So after careful consideration, we’ve decided to create a literary arts themed space honoring the triumph of our ancestors and the brilliance of our literary greats such as Dr. Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin (just to name a few).
We are proud to announce that you are looking at the future ‘Mahogany Gardens Bed & Breakfast! Mahogany Gardens will be centered in the heart of Brownzeville, Milwaukee’s African American Arts and Entertainment district. Mahogany Gardens Bed & Breakfast goal is to serve the community in the same capacity Grandma's house served her community. We created this fundraiser with the sole intention to enlist the community to help create spaces that enhance our communities and challenge others to believe in our stories. Our goal is to invest in ourselves and create institutions that become lasting pillars in our communities. Here’s how you can help: The house has been sitting and will need a complete renovation. We believe that while building something great the familiar African Proverb says, “if you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together.” Help us by giving and sharing this on your social media.
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