From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Allensworth, Josephine L.

(born: 1855  -  died: 1939) 

Josephine Leavell Allensworth was born in Trenton, KY. She was the wife of Allen Allensworth, and, as her husband had done, she taught in the Kentucky common schools. She was also an accomplished pianist.

Josephine Allensworth helped develop the Progressive Women's Improvement Association, which provided books and a playground to the town of Allensworth, CA. In 1913, she donated the land for the Dickinson Memorial Library in Allensworth.

For more see African American Women: a biographical dictionary, by D. C. Salem; Friends of Allensworth; and the Allen Allensworth's entry in On the Trail of the Buffalo Soldier, by F. N. Schubert.

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