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Allensworth, the Freedom Colony: A California African American Township
The untold story of the only town in California founded by African Americans, former slaves and their descendents, led by Colonel Allensworth
Paperback, 141 pages
Published July 28th 2008 by Heyday Books
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A lesser known subject of California history is Allensworth, the state's only all Black town, set in the southwest corner of Tulare County and flourishing between 1908 and 1918. Water shortage and a bypass of the railroad led to its decline. In the mid 20th century, Allensworth disappeared from the map, but happily, in the 1970s, it became a California State Historic Park. Author Alice Royal was born in Allensworth, and her volume contains many lively interviews of other residents. As true of ...more