This website is a research platform being developed by artist and cultural worker Ariana Faye Allensworth about Allensworth, CA.
First settled in 1908, the town of Allensworth is a once Black utopia in California’s Central Valley and the state’s first town founded, financed, and governed by Black Americans.
The town flourished for nearly a decade but declined for a host of reasons including severe drought, the untimely death of the town’s founder Allen Allensworth, as well as the racially motivated re-routing of a railway that was a vital economic resource to the Allensworth community.
Today, the town’s legacy lives on as a California State Historic Park and a groundswell of activists from Allensworth’s living community are stewarding efforts to ensure the town rises again.
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