Farms founded by emancipated slaves and their children are among the most remarkable stories told by Century Farms. Freedmen had to overcome many obstacles in pursuit of owning land after Emancipation. It often took many years for freedmen to save enough money to purchase land. After the war, many became sharecroppers or tenant farmers with no land of their own. Those few who were able to save and purchase acreage were even more determined to keep their property for their descendents.