A formerly enslaved man’s vision for an integrated town

Frank McWorter founded pre-Civil War Illinois community where Black, White families worked together; site may become part of National Park Service

“It is imperative we enlist sites like New Philadelphia . . . so future generations can understand their important history and the lessons they will provide.” Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.), who introduced a bill that would designate the site of New Philadelphia a part of the National Park Service


CHICAGO — As a child, Gerald McWorter often listened to his father tell stories about growing up on a farm in New Philadelphia, Ill. But it wasn’t until a family reunion in 2005 that he fully understood the significance of his lineage: Everyone he met...

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