In 2010, Dr. Chihombori purchased a former slave plantation located in the rolling hills of Tennessee overlooking the Cumberland River. The original owner, a slaveholder whose family later supported the Confederacy during the Civil War, built the plantation in 1799. The property previously known as Chapman Plantation was renamed “Africa House” by Dr. Chihombori.
Well before she began her venture with Africa House, Dr. Chihombori already had made history in 2003 with her purchase of the Durban Club Hotel in South Africa. The building, which is over a 100 years old, had been a “Gentleman’s Club,” and no women or people of color were allowed to be members. Membership was only open to white males, and the building is said to have been the site of the decision-making process that created and supported apartheid.