|The Town That Refused to Die
Offered by: Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park
In August 1908 Colonel Allen Allensworth and four other settlers established a town founded, financed and governed by African-Americans. Their dream of developing an abundant and thriving community stemmed directly from a strong belief in programs that allowed blacks to help themselves create better lives. By 1910 Allensworth’s success was the focus of many national newspaper articles praising the town and its inhabitants.