Can a historic Black town be revitalized?

Can a historic Black town be revitalized?

Allentown: a town robbed of its potential

Named for its founder, the town of Allensworth was established in 1908. A former slave, a navy lieutenant colonel, an educator, a pastor, and a community leader, Lt. Col. Allen Allensworth had the vision to create a town where Black residents could prosper.

And at first, that’s what he did.

Allensworth had stores, a bakery, a school, a church that built a strong community. Allensworth enjoyed economic prosperity thanks in large part to its proximity to a train station. The community had over 300 residents at its peak and brought in thousands of dollars of business per month.

The town’s founding father had plans to bring a university and create the “Tuskeegee of the West.”


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