BCSD Students Visit Historical Town of Allensworth

October 19th, 2018 - Over 140 BCSD students and several staff members from the Instructional Support Services department at BCSD visited the historical town of Allensworth, which is located in Southwest Tulare County.  The trip was an educational opportunity for students participating in the PROUD (Powerful, Resilient, Outstanding, Unique and Determined) Academy.  The town has cultural and historical significance because it was the first town founded in California by African Americans in the early 1900’s.  It was founded in order to begin a new life apart from the oppressive restrictions commonly enforced in southern states at that time.

The town was named after Colonel Allen Allensworth, a retired U.S. Army Officer and leader of the initial group of organizers.  At its peak, Allensworth had more than 300 residents, and featured a schoolhouse, general store, church and a hotel.    Many of these original buildings still exist today, and many of the residents are direct descendants of the original founders of more than 100 years ago.

Lewis Neal, Supervisor of Youth Services, said, “Our goal is to educate, empower, inspire and motivate students to learn about their cultural heritage, thereby increasing their self-image and self-esteem in order for them to navigate successfully in school and in life.”

This is the second year that BCSD students have traveled to Allensworth to experience this unique town and educational experience.