Mayor Michael D. Antonovich recognized the Monrovia Historical Society for honoring the memory of Lt. Col. Allen Allensworth who passed away 100 years ago.
Allensworth was the highest ranking African American to serve in the Army in the Early 20th Century. In addition to being a military leader, he was a nurse, minister, journalist, and founding father of the town of Allensworth located in Tulare County.
Lt. Col. Allensworth, was born into slavery in Louisville Kentucky on April 7, 1842 and sold into slavery in the 1850’s to Fred Scruggs, a horse and slave trader, who trained him to race horses. Before he could run his first race he fled behind Union lines and worked as a nurse attached to the hospital corps of the 44th Illinois and later served two years in the Navy before being honorably discharged.
In 1877, he married Josephine Leavell whom he met while studying at Rogers Williams University in Nashville.
In 1886, he gained an appointment as a military chaplain to the 24th Infantry Regiment better known as the Buffalo Soldiers.