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Shedd Aquarium

New Philadelphia

295th Avenue, Barry, IL 62312

Historic Sites

New Philadelphia is a National Park in Illinois, known as the first pre-civil war town established by a free African American.

New Philadelphia is Illinois’ newest national park in 2023 — now one of over 30 sites dedicated to Black history in the U.S. It is an integrated community founded in 1836 by Frank Mcworter, who purchased his own freedom. It is also listed on the national register of historic places.

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