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  • Book tells story of integrated Illinois town founded by former slave

    Kate Williams-McWorter and Gerald McWorter wrote about the integrated town founded by Gerald McWorter’s great-great-grandfather, Frank McWorter, who was born into slavery. Their book “New Philadelphia” tells how Frank McWorter bought his freedom and that of his family, and founded the western Illinois town, which became a station on the Underground Railroad.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Kate Williams-McWorter, email To reach Gerald McWorter, email