Welcome!  We are the New Philadelphia Association.  Lots of news this spring!   H.R. 820 is in Congress to make NP a national park … The Chicago Tribune, the Quincy Herald-Whig, Chicago’s WGN radio and the NPR show Here and Now have given NP extensive coverage  … Gerald and Kate McWorter spoke online at Illinois College … A group of donors will match all 2021 gifts … An upcoming exhibit at Peoria Riverfront Museum will feature NP … Our June Likes Lectures will be online with speakers from all over … And we’re inviting volunteers to a spring cabin/pollinator plot restoration/construction.  Use the green bar above to explore further or send email to newphiladelphiail@gmail.com.

Founded in 1836 by Frank McWorter, New Philadelphia was the first town founded, platted and and registered by an African American in the United States. Over time he purchased 16 family members out of slavery. Many African Americans and European Americans living at New Philadelphia helped freedom seekers get North. Click “donate” below to support our mission—Thank you!