Allensworth: The Only California Town Founded and Financed by Blacks

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Have you ever been to Allensworth, California?

Why not take a Road Trip and go visit!

Unlike many all Black Towns in America, AllensworthCcan Still be Experienced.

Its a great idea for a date or with your Family!

Allen Allensworth (7 April 1842 – 14 September 1914) was born into slavery in Kentucky, escaped during the American Civil War,  and became a Union soldier; later he became a Baptist minister and educator, and was appointed as a chaplain in the United states Army. He was the first African American to reach the rank of lieutenant colonel. He planted numerous churches, and in 1908 founded Allensworth, California, the only town in the state to be founded, financed and governed by African Americans.

Allensworth’s reputation drew many from all over the country to the town, causing some to buy property sight-unseen in order to support the efforts. In the early 20th century, the area boasted a great boom and hosted California’s first African American school district by 1910.

With the death of Colonel Allensworth in 1914, the town experienced extreme losses, coupled with severe drought and decreased crop yields. Many residents left the area following World War I, and the town of Allensworth was scheduled for demolition in 1966 when arsenic was found in the water supply.

The town was memorialized as a state park in 1974, and hosts events annually to preserve its history.

In addition to being a great learning site for adults, Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park also hosts many great educational programs for students. Kids have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities such as exploring the various buildings, going on tours, and even making their own butter.

The Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park is located Earlimart, CA which is about a two hour drive from Los Angeles. Its worth the visit to learn more about Colonel Allen Allensworth and the courageous group of families and individuals who believed they could create their own version of the American Dream. 

The visit will leave you inspired and determined to fight against discrimination in your own communities. It will allow you to witness in real life your secular education of African American history – their hard work, dedication, and faith which led to their discrimination-free destiny.

It should also be noted that the descendants of those founding families are working to continue to preserve Allensworth as a State Park.

For more information go to this website for touring and educational information. You can also learn how you can support Allensworth to remain a State Park : https://www.friendsofallensworth.org/

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Picture Courtesy of California Department of Parks and Recreation

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