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Friends of Allensworth Rededication Festival

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Allensworth Historic Town Site (California Historical Landmark #1047)

Young Road

Earlimart, CA 93219

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The yearly rededication ceremony helps visitors see the vision of the founding pioneers. Fun, Food, Vendors, Education, Entertainmentent

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In August 1908 Colonel Allen Allensworth and three other settlers (William Payne, Oscar Overr, J. W. Hall) established a town founded, financed and governed by African Americans. Their dream of developing an abundant and thriving community stemmed directly from a strong belief in programs that allowed blacks to help themselves create better lives. Freedmen flocked to the area in search of opportunity for their families. By 1910 Allensworth's success was the focus of many national newspaper articles praising the town and its inhabitants.

True to the courage and resolve of its founders, the town has survived and persevered, earning the well-deserved title: : "The town that refused to die".

In 1974 California State Parks purchased land within the historical town site of Allensworth, and it became Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. Today a collection of lovingly restored and reconstructed early 20th-century buildings, including the Colonel's house, historic schoolhouse, Baptist church, courthouse and library, once again dots this flat farm country, giving new life to the dreams of these visionary pioneers.

The town became a haven for Freedmen moving west and looking for self determination. It was Allensworth's desire to establish a college in the town.

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 re-dedication ceremony in October help visitors see the vision of founding pioneers.


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Allensworth Historic Town Site (California Historical Landmark #1047)

Young Road

Earlimart, CA 93219

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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 whose mission is to support, promote, and advance the educational and interpretive activities at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park.

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