Join the Friends of Allensworth for our next special event, October rededication.
OCTOBER 13, 2012 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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. Our children get to have an enjoyable history
education day with square dancing, tour of the historic buildings, including the
two room school house, and games with prizes for the winners. Adults also get
free tours and great entertainment in a fabulous outdoor event. There are also
arts and crafts and food vendors for your enjoyment.
For more information call or fax 855-645-1255..
Please participate in the 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk for Health by visiting www.allensworth5krunwalk.org.
F.O.A. has teams of presenters available for Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park presentations at your work place or school. These 45 - 60 minute presentations fit well during lunch, breaks, etc. Our fees start at $150 and vary with distance traveled. Please inquire via email.
Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park is where the Friends of Allensworth celebrate the achievements of California’s Black pioneers, those responsible for establishing the town of Allensworth. Allensworth’s pioneers established the California Colony and Home Promoting Association and incorporated in June 1908, with their stated purpose being “to create sentiment favorable to intellectual and industrial liberty.”
The Friends of Allensworth pledge to live up to the ideals that are Colonel Allen Allensworth’s. We re-affirm our faith in the community he founded; we reconsecrate ourselves to the task that was his and ours, and rededicate ourselves to the unfinished work and will strive to make this community a glowing monument to his sacred memory and one that shall live throughout the ages.
The cultural meaning of Allensworth at the time of its founding focused squarely on the promotion of individual self-reliance and self-respect among Black citizens of California. Allensworth represented for its inhabitants refuge from the White dominated political structure and an opportunity to gain access to the land which had been denied them for so long.
After Colonel Allensworth’s untimely death under suspicious circumstances, Oscar Overr and William Payne, already leaders in the community, worked for Allensworth’s growth and economic progress. Their strongest efforts were for the establishment of a vocational school for Blacks, to be located just north of town.
In a world view, the significance of the colony as a cultural phenomenon cannot be ignored. In the economic and social context of the United States, Allensworth represents a most remarkable achievement.