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  • Site of integrated Illinois town founded by former slave is newest national park

    Photo of a brick home surrounded by trees, with brick pillars on either side of the front walk.

    The New Philadelphia National Historic Site in western Illinois, commemorating the first U.S. town to be legally founded by African Americans, is the nation’s newest national park. Several University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professors were among those leading the effort seeking national park status for the site.

    The Burdick House at the New Philadelphia site.

    Courtesy National Park Service


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