The Allen Allensworth story is one of hope reigns eternal and the universe giving him exactly what he wanted, freedom and the ability to earn his own keep. During the American civil war he secretly enlisted with the 44th Illinois Volunteers after they set up camp nearby his masters house while marching on the confederates. The irony of being able to join your slave masters enemy must have been very self satisfying for a man who was born into servitude. He saw out the war first with his army unit and then joined the Union navy for 2 years. After the war he joined the baptist church and years later he became a chaplain in the U.S. army with what was known as the buffalo soldiers or an all black regiment. He rose to the rank of Lt Colonel before retiring from service. Not content with his lot so far he then established the town of Allensworth in Tulare county which was the first black only funded and built settlement in California. It was challenge finding quotes attributed to him, so far this is my compilation of 4 of the best Allen Allensworth quotes.
- Mini Bio
- Name: Allen Allensworth
- Born: 7th April 1842, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
- Died: 14th September 1914, Monrovia, California, U.S.
- Occupation: Slave, soldier and chaplain
- Rank: Lt Colonel in the U.S. army
- Infamous for: Escaping slavery and joining the Union army
- Trivia: The town of Allensworth in the Tulare county in California was founded by him
"Can I be of any service to your committee as a speaker driving the campaign?"
"I wrote your committee some time ago tendering my services as a speaker. My letter seems to have been treated with contempt"
"It is a mistake for your committee to ignore the services of a number of serviceable colored speakers from the South"
"Create sentiment favorable to intellectual and industrial liberty"