The Shafter Press - Serving the community since 1922

By Toni DeRosa
Wasco Tribune and The Shafter Press 

History of African Americans in state showcased


Last updated 6/26/2021 at 6:25am | View PDF

Black Californians have been an important part of history within California’s rural communities.

There is a traveling exhibit at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park in Earlimart exploring the history of African Americans in rural California.

The exhibit will run from Saturday, June 19 to Sunday, Aug. 1 with highlights and untold stories of black farmers, ranchers and rural residents. These stories will create new narratives about freedom, self-governance and civic culture.

“We are not strangers here: African American Histories in Rural California” is a collaboration between the Cal Ag Roots Project at the California Institute for Rural Studies, the California Historical Society (Susan Anderson); Exhibit Envoy and Dr. Caroline Collins, Post-Doc research from UC San Diego.

In 1908 Colonel Allen Allensworth and four other men established a town founded, financed and governed by African Americans in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. The community stemmed from a strong belief in self-reliance.

It has been a century since the town has been founded. For additional information on the people who settled there and Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park, visit the webpage at


Reader Comments(0)


Our Family of Publications Includes:

Powered by ROAR Online Publication Software from Lions Light Corporation
© Copyright 2021