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Coming attractions -- Historic black settlement turns 100

October 7, 2008 |  9:00 am

Photo courtesy of California State Parks
Lt. Col. Allen Allensworth
A look at the centennial of Allensworth, being celebrated this weekend, Oct. 11-12, 2008. 

By Steve Chawkins
Times Staff Writer

In 1908, Lt. Col. Allen Allensworth, a charismatic ex-slave and retired military man, set out to build an all-black community on a hardscrabble patch of land 40 miles north of Bakersfield.

This weekend, the centennial of his long-shuttered town will be honored by thousands of Californians trooping to the site, now known as Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park.

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