The New Philadelphia National Landmark, a TAC preserve in Illinois, is now finally under consideration to become a unit of the National Park Service, and we are so excited! You can help make this possible and submit your comments in support to NPS.
You can actively support New Philadelphia for inclusion in the National Park Service by submitting your comments on inclusion to: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/New_Philadelphia_Special_Resource_Study
“New Philadelphia was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005, designated a National Historic Landmark in 2009, and included in the National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program in 2013. There is currently no other comparable site represented in the 410 units of the National Park system. Only 24 of the 410 units, less than 6%, of the National Park Service are directly associated with African-American history. Your support for this project is crucial for making this place nationally recognized by inclusion in the National Park Service!”
Thank you for supporting New Philadelphia!,
The Archaeological Conservancy and The New Philadelphia Association
Read More in our online Back Issues:A NEW LIFE IN NEW PHILADELPHIA, Fall 2008. The town of New Philadelphia was founded by a freed slave in 1836. It was inhabited by blacks and whites during a time of racial strife. Archaeologists are investigating the abandoned town to learn about its race relations… BY MALCOLM GAY
Watch Time Team America from PBS, visit and excavate on site in 2009. Beneath farmlands in Western Illinois lie the remains of New Philadelphia, the first American town founded by a free African American prior to the Civil War. Time Team America was invited to help search for the schoolhouse where New Philadelphia’s African American children learned to read and write in freedom.