Letter to Ida Berk from Gaynelle Green, 1976
- Letter to Ida Berk from Gaynelle Green, 1976
- Alternative title
- Documents regarding town of Allensworth, anniversary.
- Green, Gaynelle Mason, 1910-1980
- Date Created
- May 4, 1976
Miriam Matthews Photograph Collection
Letter from Gaynelle Greene (wife of Al Green, Chairman of the Allensworth Advisory Committee) to Ida Berk. Ms. Green congratulates Ms. Berk on her appointment to the California Parks and Recreation Commission. Ms. Green refers to the letter from Mr. Robinson (Commissioner, State Parks) to Mr. Lasartemay (President of the East Bay Historical Society, and member of the subcommittee of the Allensworth Advisory Committee), urging against establishing Colonel Allensworth State Park at the historical site of Allensworth town, and recommending creating a park in an urban location instead. She states that the Allensworth Advisory Committee considers this letter, and other letters, to be an attempt to divide the members of the committee. She requests Ms. Berk to support the plan presented at the May 14th meeting.
Allensworth town was founded 1908 with the idea that African Americans could own property, learn, thrive, and live the American Dream. It was named after Colonel Allen Allensworth. The town diminished after the 1914 death of Allensworth, combined with a severe drought and reduced drop yields; by 1918 many residents had left. In 1976 Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park was created commemorate and preserve the town and plans were made for the restoration of 30 buildings.
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