Allen Allensworth Biography
(Baptist Minister, Educator, Army Officer)
Birthday: April 7, 1842 (Aries)
Born In: Louisville, Kentucky
The first ever African-American to reach the rank of a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army, Allen Allensworth was not just an army man but also a Baptist minister and educator. He was the founder of the town, Allensworth, in California which was the only town in the state fully governed by African-Americans. A highly religious man, he also founded several churches. Born into slavery and sold many times to different owners, the future looked bleak for the young Allen. But life had some specific plans for the gutsy, hard working and brave boy—he would one day leave a deep impact on the history of America. As a child slave he had the good fortune of coming across kind white people who taught him to read and thereby inspired him to become an educator later in life. He escaped from slavery and joined the Navy; after some years he would join the army where he would achieve great success. As a freed slave and a black American he had faced more than his share of racial discrimination and was determined to create a community exclusively for the African-Americans, and thus the town of Allensworth was founded.