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Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park | NatureFind

Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

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Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park
Palmer Ave.
Earlimart, CA 93219
661-849-3433
http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=583
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Allensworth is the only California town to be founded, financed and governed by African Americans. The small farming community was founded in 1908 by Colonel Allen Allensworth and a group of others dedicated to improving the economic and social status of African Americans. Uncontrollable circumstances, including a drop in the area’s water table, resulted in the town’s demise. With continuing restoration and special events, the town is coming back to life as a state historic park. The park’s visitor center features a film about the site. A yearly rededication ceremony reaffirms the vision of the pioneers.

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