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New Philadelphia (Ill.)

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View Resource New Philadelphia: A Multiracial Town on the Illinois Frontier

Born into slavery, Frank McWorter would become "Free" Frank McWorter when he purchased his freedom in 1819. While living with his family in Kentucky in the 1820s, McWorter decided to move to a free state as soon as possible, and he left for Illinois in 1830. In 1831, he arrived at his new plot of land about twenty miles east of the Mississippi River. In 1836, the founded New Philadelphia, and it...