Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Free Frank's Descendent Digs Town

Today's Toledo Blade has a good story on a descendent of Free Frank McWorter and the African-American settlement of New Philadelphia that once stood on the Illinois prairies.
The town Mr. McWorter settled, New Philadelphia, Ill., isn't on any maps today, but the story of its existence has been handed down from generation to generation and from fathers and mothers to sons and daughters.

In August, with the help of family members, a grant from the National Science Foundation, and work of archaeologists and students from the University of Maryland and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, what has been McWorter family lore is now a part of American history.

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