Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mimi Visits the Hindsmans

The Hindsman's House
The Hindsman's General Store

Zebedee and Sarah Hindsman were active citizens of Allensworth, a town founded by African Americans in the San Joaquin Valley of California in 1909.  They owned the largest and the longest standing business in the community, a popular general store filled with food, clothing and specialty items like candy and fruit.  There was a well-worn path between the store and their cute little house.  Yes, they were store-owners, but Mr. Hindsman was also a Justice of the Peace, an insurance agent, a realtor and a notary public.  Mrs. Hindsman took over the library when the county no longer supported it.  They loved this town and tried their hardest to keep it going even after Colonel Allensworth passed away in 1914.

I am happy the State of California has made Allensworth into a state historic park.  The life story of the Hindsmans and other members of this hard-working community is truly inspiring.

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