Josephine Wright: 94-Year-Old Woman Battling Land Developers Dies Before Getting Keys To New Home

by Gee NY

Josephine Wright, the 94-year-old South Carolina woman who stood up against housing developers in a legal battle over her land, has passed away before receiving the keys to her new home.

Renowned filmmaker and philanthropist Tyler Perry, known for his generosity, shared the heartbreaking news with his 7.6 million Instagram followers.

Wright, of Gullah ancestry, gained national attention as she faced a legal dispute with Bailey Point Investment LLC.

The developers, attempting to acquire her Hilton Head land, took her to court over alleged property boundary issues. Perry stepped in to support her fight against the housing giant, promising to build her a new house.

Wright’s residence, situated on land with a family history dating back to the 19th century, faced encroachment threats from Bailey Point’s 147-unit development.

Despite her valiant efforts, she passed away surrounded by family and loved ones on January 7, 2024, just before Perry could hand her the keys to her new home.

In a heartfelt Instagram post, Perry expressed his sorrow, stating:

“I am so heartbroken to hear about the passing of this warrior.”

He assured that he would honor the commitment made to Wright and build the house he promised.

Wright’s family announced her passing on the GoFundMe page initiated to support her cause. The family exceeded the $350,000 fundraising goal, and Perry, alongside contributions from others like Kyrie Irving, showed immense support.

Perry lamented not being able to meet Wright in person but expressed his determination to fulfill his promise.

He vowed to provide the house for her four children, 40 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

Perry emphasized that the family could still gather at the new house on the land, continuing Wright’s legacy as a fighter.

Josephine Wright’s homegoing service is scheduled for January 13, 2024, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church on Hilton Head Island.

Perry and the family will provide a streaming link for those unable to attend in person, ensuring that her inspiring story reaches a wider audience.

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