“New Philadelphia” Book Launch and Signing
Jul 26 @ 5:30 pm
"New Philadelphia" Book Launch and Signing @ Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum | Springfield | Illinois | United States

The Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum (AAHM) will host the book launching of New Philadelphia by Gerald A McWorter & Kate Williams –McWorter on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 5:30pm. New Philadelphia, Illinois, was an abolitionist town just 20 miles from slavery, inhabited for more than 100 years. Town founder Frank McWorter bought a total of 16 family members out of slavery, starting with his pregnant wife. Senator Barack Obama said, “New Philadelphia is a site of national importance as the first town known to be founded and platted by African Americans.” Join the museum as we welcome Gerald A. McWorter and Kate Williams-McWorter as they share their family’s story and the task of writing about American history.

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