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New Philadelphia Illinois Historic Preservation Foundation, Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Juliet E.K. Walker  
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New Philadelphia Illinois provides the only documented case of the first town founded and legally platted by a black man. Thus, Free Frank s activities as an African-American town founder, proprietor, promoter, and developer are important. His pioneering role foreshadowed the direction taken by other blacks who founded towns after the Civil War. It was the dream of Free Frank s great grand daughter and my mother, Thelma Elise McWorter Kirkpatrick, to restore the town of New Philadelphia. I made a promise to her that I would restore New Philadelphia.
 
At a press conference held on June 24, 2005,... Dr. Juliet E.K. Walker unveiled architectural plans and a scale model for the rebuilding of Free Frank’s historic frontier town of New Philadelphia, Illinois. (more)
Dr. Walker, with the moral support from her mother, single-handedly, through intensive lobbying and effort, had the gravesite of her great great grandfather declared a National Register of Historic Place in 1988. (more)
The Foundation undertakes a new historic preservation and restoration project. (more)
 
“It is my hope that the remarkable accomplishments of Free Frank McWorter will be read by many more people for years to come. He deserves to go down in history as the dedicated pioneer that he was.” (more)
 
President Obama's Support Leads to Free Frank's New Philadelphia town site to be designated as a National Historic Landmark. (read)
         
 

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book Free Frank: A Black Pioneer on the Antebellum Frontier
by Juliet EK Walker - 1995 - 242 pages
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book The History of Black Business in America: Capitalism, Race, Entrepreneurship: Volume 1, To 1865
by Juliet E. K. Walker (Paperback - 2009)
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