Ms. Alice C. Royal, shown above, was born at Allensworth in 1923. She is the author of the book Allensworth, The Freedom Colony.
Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park commemorates Colonel Allen Allensworth and the only California town to be founded, financed and governed by African Americans. Colonel Allen Allensworth founded the town in 1908. Colonel Allensworth, born a slave, served in the Army and Navy and retired as lieutenant colonel, the highest ranking black in the armed forces. A champion of the rights of blacks, the Colonel founded Allensworth as a way for blacks to become self-sufficient.
Allensworth Park is a best practice example for a monument to celebrate diversity, democracy and freedom and for the Heritage Parkscape. View images of Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park on The City Project’s flickr gallery.
The City Project proudly presented the Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park Photo Book to celebrate the Park and Black History Month in February 2009. The photo book aims to engage readers on the need for public monuments that reflect diversity, democracy and freedom. The book is available on the web under a Creative Commons royalty-free license for non-commercial purposes through Blurb. Click here to purchase a copy.
Learn more about the 2008 Allensworth Centennial Celebration at the California State Parks web site.