Welcome!  We are the New Philadelphia Association.  Lots of news in 2021!   H.R. 820 and S.R. 3141 are two bills in Congress to make NP a national park … NP has entered the Chicago Public School curriculum … 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 … Peoria Riverfront Museum is featuring NP … June Likes Lectures are online and archived here with speakers from all over … And cabin/pollinator plot restoration/construction is underway.  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!