There’s an interesting story in today’s Los Angeles Times about Allensworth, a historic Black town, now a state park in danger of closing due to a planned dairy operation in the area.
I have never been to Allensworth, although earlier this year I had planned to drive out there and now it seems as if I may want to do it right away in the event that we lose this historic site.
Allensworth is the only California town to be founded, financed and governed by African Americans. The small farming community was founded in 1908 by Colonel Allen Allensworth and a group of others dedicated to improving the economic and social status of African Americans. Uncontrollable circumstances, including a drop in the area’s water table, resulted in the town’s demise. With continuing restoration and special events, the town is coming back to life as a state historic park. The park’s visitor center features a film about the site. A yearly rededication ceremony reaffirms the vision of the pioneers.
Check out the Los Angeles Times story on how this historic piece of Black history is in grave danger of being closed…for a dairy operation.
Send a letter to the Tulare County Board of Supervisors urging them to find another location for the dairy operation and to perserve Black history in California. They will make their decision in two weeks.
2800 West Burrel Avenue
Visalia, CA 93291
Phone (559) 733-6271 | FAX (559) 733-6898
Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tulare County Board of Supervisors meets weekly on Tuesdays at 9:00 A.M.