Colonel Allensworth Historical State Park Brochure
In 1908 a group of Black Americans led by Colonel Allen Allensworth founded a town that would combine pride of ownership, equality of opportunity, and high ideals. Today California State Parks is committed to the town's renaissance as a living example of the American spirit. Enjoy the video and virtual audio tour below.
CLICK HERE for the entire brochure. CREDIT: Special thanks goes to Steven M. Ptomey, M.A. RPA, California State Park Interpreter III and Park Manager at the Colonel Allensworth State Historical Park who is the voice.
Walter Hoye on location with Joe Bailey, a volunteer patrol officer for the Tulare County Sheriff Department and one of the last residents of Allensworth and Steven M. Ptomey, M.A. RPA, California State Park Interpreter III and Park Manager at the Colonel Allensworth State Historical Park.Top
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California's Only Black American Town
Between 1908 and 1918 to establish Allensworth a town Black Americans could call their own.
Imagine you were a young Black man, the son of slaves, living in a Northern city around 1910, struggling to build a better life for your family. Or maybe you lived in the South and were still at work in the fields that your parents worked as slaves. You might have been surprised to hear of a new town in California founded by former slaves and their descendants, led by a retired 10th Cavalry officer, Colonel Allen Allensworth. Would you hesitate to move to this place? Nah, I didn't think you would. You would have been among some three hundred families making the save move. Challenged by a variety of circumstances and doomed when a water company failed to come through on its promises, the town nonetheless still stands, now as Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. More than twenty (20) buildings in the downtown area have been or are being restored to resemble the town as it was from 1908 to 1918. California's Colonel Allensworth State Historical Park is a destination every Black American should visit, support and call their own. Click here to learn more and how you can join the Friends of Allensworth. Top
Meet The Friends Of Allensworth
The Friends of Allensworth Chapters promote Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park statewide.
The Friends of Allensworth (FOA) is a non-profit cooperating association that works in partnership with the State of California’s Department of Parks and Recreation. The mission of the Friends of Allensworth is to support, promote and advance the educational and interpretive activities of Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. Top