New Philadelphia: An Archaeology of Race in the Heartland

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Preface

The town of New Philadelphia in Pike County, Illinois, was situated between the Illinois and Mississippi rivers, about one hundred miles north of St. Louis, Missouri. It was the first known town established, platted, and registered by an African American. The account of the town’s founder, Frank McWorter, and the McWorter family is a compelling American story that is well documented by Juliet Walker (1983a), Frank’s great-great-granddaughter. Enslaved in South Carolina and later in Kentucky, Frank McWorter purchased his wife Lucy’s freedom as well as his own. In 1830 he acquired land in Illinois, and the following year he and his family settled in Pike County. In 1836 he subdivided forty-two of the acres he owned into lots, streets, and alleys to form New Philadelphia. Throughout his lifetime, with his entrepreneurial activities and revenue from the sale of the 144 town lots, he was able to purchase his freedom and the freedom of fifteen family members (Walker 1983a:162). African American people as well as people of European descent moved to New Philadelphia and created a multiracial community (King 2006).

Immediately after the American Civil War the town’s population peaked at about 160 people, a size comparable to many Pike County communities today (King 2006). By the end of the nineteenth century, however, the racial and corporate politics of America’s gilded age resulted in the death of the settlement. The new Hannibal & Naples Railroad

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