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Colonel Allensworth State Park Centennial Celebration Diversity, Democracy, and Freedom


Allensworth House

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. Visit The City Project’s Allensworth photogallery on flickr.

Allensworth is a best practice example for a monument to celebrate diversity, democracy and freedom and for the Heritage Parkscape.

Learn more about the Allensworth Centennial Celebration at the California State Parks web site.

The California State Parks Foundation writes:

“In this centennial year, join California State Parks for a grand celebration of the town, the people, and the enduring legacy that is Allensworth. On October 11 and 12, 2008, Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park will host two days filled with music, food, living history demonstrations, a 5k run/walk, a commemorative bike ride, children’s activities, and inspiring words from speakers. If you’d like to find out more information about how to visit and join in the festivities call 888-410-0274 or email You can also listen to CSPF’s Allensworth Podcast Episode on our website to get a feel for this historic place and listen to some of the town’s former residents.”