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Covered Wagon in New Philadelphia - Pike County, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 39° 41.857 W 090° 57.653
15S E 674830 N 4396184
Quick Description: A town bought, laid out, and built by a freed slave.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 2/16/2014 6:31:25 AM
Waymark Code: WMK5F0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member frivlas
Views: 1

Long Description:

County of wagon: Pike County
location of wagon: Country Road 2, New Philadelphia Site, 4 miles E. of Barry

Some history of the place:
"The town consisted of 144 lots laid out by a black man FREE FRANK MCWORTER. In 1819 he bought his freedom from slavery, and eventually freedom for 16 family members for $14,000. He was the first settler (1829) in Hadley Township. Free Frank was born in 1777 in South Carolina and died September 12, 1854. He is buried in the New Philadelphia cemetery ¼ mile southeast of this sign." - The New Philadelphia Association

You can read more about New Philadelphia or about Frank McWorter and the mixed race community that brought the wagon here.

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