November 2021—1800s document evidences McWorter activity for Black education

The Illinois State Archives holds a remarkable document which we reproduce below with their permission.  We are grateful to Justin Blandford, Superintendent of State Historic Sites in Springfield, for calling attention to it in a summer panel discussion hosted by the National Park Service Network to Freedom.  As we wrote in our Fall 2021 newsletter: […]

Fall 2021 New Philadelphia Newsletter in the mail

You may get it via USPS or via email.  If you’d like to get it, write to us at newphiladelphiail@gmail.com. Thanks to all our supporters who made this newsletter possible! For the pdf, click here.

September 13, 2021—Free Frank Freedom Day

Post-event update: We’re very pleased to share video of the event at the New Philadelphia site full text of Sandra McWorter Marsh’s remarks on the women of New Philadelphia video of Brigadier General Donald Scott’s remarks at the Barry Baptist Church Quincy Herald-Whig article about the day (requires login) And the video below made by […]

June 2021—Likes Lectures offer five freedom stories relating to New Philadelphia

Every June our Likes Lectures tell freedom stories that relate to New Philadelphia. After last year’s online success, we gather online again this year to hear five stories, the last told in music. 7 pm Tuesdays online. To attend, write to newphiladelphiail@gmail.com for the Zoom details. Within a day or so of each event, you […]

May 2021—McGraw Hill publishes NP modules for Chicago Public Schools

For the second time in known history, Chicago Public School students will get to learn about New Philadelphia! This time, McGraw Hill Education has published two modules in its digital curriculum for Chicago Public School fifth graders.  One tells the story of Frank and Lucy McWorter and New Philadelphia. The other is a simulation, namely, […]

April 2021—Media, museums, educational publishers tell the story of New Philadelphia

We are thrilled that the story of Frank McWorter and New Philadelphia is reaching more people, all over, and of all ages.  It’s time to recap and offer everyone a view of this: Chicago Tribune ran a full page story by Christine Ledbetter — pdf History Museum on the Square (Quincy) is assembling a permanent exhibit […]

Spring 2021 New Philadelphia Newsletter in the mail

You may get it via USPS or via email.  If you’d like to get it, write to us at newphiladelphiail@gmail.com. Thanks to all our supporters who made this newsletter possible! For the pdf, click here.

March 2021—Darin LaHood provides details on his work to make New Philadelphia a national park

We’re thrilled that Congressman Darin LaHood is pushing ahead to make New Phiadelphia a national park.  He’s assembled great information on his own webpage (https://lahood.house.gov/recognizing-new-philadelphia-site) and you can follow the bill—currently identified as H.R. 820—on the Congress website https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/820/all-info?r=1&s=1. We especially like this two minute video from New Philadelphia with cameos by Representative LaHood, Phil […]

February 2021—Chicago Tribune, Quincy Herald-Whig, Pike County Express articles, WGN and NPR radio interviews, online talk

Lots to report this February.  If you don’t catch it live, the links are and will be here.  In print: The Chicago Tribune published a detailed story about New Philadelphia with loads of photos on February 14, 2021. Kudos and thanks to writer Christine Ledbetter of Hull, Illinois.  You can also view the story as […]

“Reproducing Lucy McWorter’s Dress”—short video shines light on dress, seamstress, freedom struggle

Fashioning Illinois: History Lost and Found from Chris Young on Vimeo. In 1817 Lucy McWorter was the first McWorter to gain her freedom when Frank began his lifelong project of buying family members.  As a result of this choice, her son Squire was born free just a few months later.  The family eventually moved from […]