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  • At great expense, railroad bypassed first black-founded town in the U.S.

    An 1895 atlas map shows the region of Pike County, Illinois, and the route of the Hannibal and Naples Railroad, later referred to as the Wabash Railroad (Rand McNally 1895). The location of the New Philadelphia town site is marked by a star.

    An 1895 atlas map shows the region of Pike County, Illinois, and the route of the Hannibal and Naples Railroad, later referred to as the Wabash Railroad (Rand McNally 1895). The location of the New Philadelphia town site is marked by a star.

    Photo courtesy Christopher Fennell

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  • Editor's note: To contact Christopher Fennell, call: 217-333-3616; e-mail cfennell@illinois.edu. The paper, “Damaging Detours: Routes, Racism and New Philadelphia,” is available at the author’s website or from the UI News Bureau.