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. Josephine Allensworth was also an accomplished pianist. She helped develop the Progressive Women's Improvement Association, which provided books and a playground to the town of Allensworth, California. In 1913, Josephine Allensworth 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.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Allensworth, Allen [Allensworth, California]
NKAA Source: African American women : a biographical dictionary
NKAA Source: On the trail of the buffalo soldier: biographies of African Americans in the U.S. Army, 1866-1917

Related Entries Citing this Entry

NKAA Entry:  Allensworth, Allen [Allensworth, California]
NKAA Entry:  Skanks, Eva B. Allensworth

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“Allensworth, Josephine L.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed January 26, 2021,

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