Monrovia California Honors Colonel Allen Allensworth 100 Years—A Visionary
September 14, 2014 from 1:30P to 3:30P and is free to the public.
Monrovia Historical Museum, 742 East Lemon Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016...Just follow the Cavalry on Lemon Avenue.

Monrovia Historical Museum and Friends of Allensworth Celebrate Colonel Allen Allensworth—Chaplain 24th Infantry Buffalo Soldiers, educator, orator and founder of the town of Allensworth

This event is a celebration of the life of Colonel Allen Allensworth, Chaplain 24th Infantry Buffalo Soldiers.
Contact: Susie Ling shling@pasadena.edu
or Thomas Stratton (855) 645-1255, info@friendsofallensworth.org
Monrovia Historical Museum and Friends of Allensworth along with the Buffalo Soldiers join in recognition of the leadership provided by Colonel Allensworth to the City of Monrovia. Together, we remember our triumphs while healing the pain and doubt that came before, and in doing so offer tribute to California’s Black Pioneers.
The September 14th program will feature Monrovia Mayor Lutz and City Councilmembers; Thomas Stratton, Statewide President Friends of Allensworth; Steven Baker, Monrovia’s Historian; and former Duarte Mayor Lois Gaston representing Second Baptist Church, Monrovia. This special event is scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 pm and is free to the public.
Along with Monrovia Historical Museum and Friends of Allensworth, the New Buffalo Soldiers are helping the city of Monrovia commemorate the contributions of one of the original Buffalo Soldiers of the early 20th century: Lt. Colonel Allen Allensworth. Allensworth died in Monrovia exactly one hundred years ago on September 14, 1914. KGEM’s Ralph Walker said, “On Sept 14, 2014, Monrovia wants to commemorate the life and contributions of this American visionary.” Monrovia Historical Museum’s curator of exhibits Mark Still continued, “Allensworth was the first pastor of our Second Baptist Church here in Monrovia. Second Baptist Church has served the community over 110 years.” The current bishop of Second Baptist, Dr. William LaRue Dillard, states, “Allensworth is a historic figure in this state, and his legacy will live on, even in Monrovia.”



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.

We are accepting donations for the installation of California State Historic Landmark, see ways to give.




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