2017 Annual Rededication

Step back in time and visit Allensworth; a black founded, black financed, black governed town founded in 1908.  Bring the entire family and learn about California’s only state park that tells the story of state’s black pioneers.


On October 9, 1976, Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park (SHP), was formally dedicated, with more than 1,200 people in attendance.  Every October we come together at the park to celebrate this historic event.  It is a chance for the Friends of Allensworth Interpretive Association to publicly show the Department of Parks and Recreation, the park staff and the general public that we will continue to support Colonel Allensworth SHP in the coming year and the years to come.


In 1994 the campground at Colonel Allensworth SHP was named in honor of retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel John L. Whitehead, Jr.; the Air Force’s first African American test pilot and the first African-American jet pilot instructor.  During this Annual Rededication, we will present the park with a new campground dedication plaque to replace the one stolen a few years ago.


The Friends of Allensworth Annual Rededication is the perfect time to come and explore the heritage of one of the most unique and powerful moments in the history of African-Americans in California.  It is a chance to tour the historic homes and businesses, shop in the vendor area, and enjoy live entertainment on the stage.


What: Annual Rededication

When: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where: Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Cost: The park entrance fee is $8.00 per passenger vehicle, $50.00 for a bus with 24 passengers and less, and $100.00 for a bus with 25 passengers and more.


For more information please call 877-245-6232 or email info@friendsofallensworth.org.