Experience the rededication of the only California town to be founded, financed, and governed by African Americans. This special Annual Rededication is presented to renew the commitment of the citizens of California to help the Department of Parks and Recreation preserve the history of the ethnically diverse contributions made in the development of the state of California and our nation. Visitors get to have an enjoyable day of living history activities, square dancing, self guided tours of historic buildings, historic games with prizes, story telling and great entertainment. There are also arts and crafts and food vendors for your enjoyment.
The Friends of Allensworth is the official cooperating association for Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. We are a member-supported 501(c)(3) charitable organization who’s mission is to support, promote and advance the educational and interpretive activities at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park.
Colonel Allen Allensworth and his colleagues were convinced that the only way Black people would be able to live with some semblance of freedom and dignity was to build their own town. They hoped to create a place where Black people could own property and otherwise achieve their full economic potential, free from discriminatory laws and practices of the time.
Hearing that land was very rich and readily available in the southern portion of the San Joaquin Valley, Colonel Allensworth investigated and found the land to be extremely fertile, land costs reasonable, surface water abundant and underground water tables exceedingly high.
1n 1908, Colonel Allensworth and his friend, Professor William Payne, an educator, joined Dr. Peck, an AME minister, Mr. Palmer, a Nevada miner, and Mr. Mitchell, a Los Angeles realtor, to form the California Colony and Home Promoting Association (CCHPA). The group finally settled on a site midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco with plenty of inexpensive farmland and several artesian wells. When the California Colony and Home Promoting Association filed the Allensworth township site plan with the Tulare County Recorder on August 3, 1908, it represented both the culmination of years of prior planning and organization and the start of what was to become the present town of Allensworth. with the filing the community, which was officially named Allensworth after the founder, Colonel Allensworth, it became a reality.
How to Register?
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