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  • Integrated town that predates Civil War earns landmark status

    This 1872 atlas map shows the town plan of New Philadelphia as designed by Frank McWorter in 1836. McWorter, born into slavery in 1877, purchased his own and many family members' freedom and then established the frontier town in western Illinois.

    This 1872 atlas map shows the town plan of New Philadelphia as designed by Frank McWorter in 1836. McWorter, born into slavery in 1877, purchased his own and many family members' freedom and then established the frontier town in western Illinois.

    Source: D. W. Ensign, Atlas Map of Pike County, Illinois, Davenport, Iowa: Andreas, Lyter & Co., 1872, p. 84. Illinois Historical Survey Collections, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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      This 1872 atlas map shows the town plan of New Philadelphia as designed by Frank McWorter in 1836. McWorter, born into slavery in 1877, purchased his own and many family members' freedom and then established the frontier town in western Illinois.

      Source: D. W. Ensign, Atlas Map of Pike County, Illinois, Davenport, Iowa: Andreas, Lyter & Co., 1872, p. 84. Illinois Historical Survey Collections, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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      Christopher Fennell, a University of Illinois archaeologist, is principal investigator for an ongoing dig on the 42-acre site of New Philadelphia, about 85 miles northwest of St. Louis.

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