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Unknown Fowler African American Family

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Between 1860 and 1910 the black population in California grew slowly from 4,086 to 21,645 and remained about 1 percent of the total population throughout the era. There was a small presence of African Americans in some Central Valley towns, due to the recruitment of farm laborers in the region. In August 1908, Colonel Allen Allensworth and four other settlers established the town of Allensworth, founded, financed and governed by African Americans. Previously, around 1890, another African American community had settled in the small town of Fowler. The Hutchinson Collection in the Fresno Historical Society Archives contains a number of photos of this community.