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New Philadelphia
5:17 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Schock Dedicates Pavillion In Western Illinois, Hopes To Establish National Park

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 4:21 pm

An effort to create a national park at former town site in western Illinois remains stalled in the US Senate.  Congressman Aaron Schock, a Republican, is part of a bi-partisan group of lawmakers seeking the designation for New Philadelphia.

That site in Pike County marks the first town in the country founded by an African American.  Frank McWorter was a freed slave who created the community in 18-36.

Schock says creating a national park would allow more people to know the story of McWorter.  He says it work in tandem with Lincoln attractions in Springfield.

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New Philadelphia Bill
11:34 am
Mon May 5, 2014

New Philadelphia Closer to National Park Designation

Atlas Map of Pike County 1872
Credit Andreas, Lyter Co., 1872, 84. / Illinois Historical Survey Collections, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The U.S. House passed a measure to explore whether the New Philadelphia town site should become a unit of the National Park System. 

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Sets Up National Park Service Listing
9:39 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

New Philadelphia Bill Passes House Committee

A 1939 photo of the New Philadelphia Town site, which came one step closer to being part of the National Park Service.
Credit http://www.anthro.illinois.edu/f

A bill that would bring a historic site in Western Illinois  one step closer to being preserved by the National Park Service has passed a U.S. House committee.

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