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New Philadelphia NHS newest addition to US NP System; first town planned by free African American

BARRY, Ill. — After more than a quarter century of work and hope, Phil Bradshaw says it feels great to see New Philadelphia take its next step into history.

Four pages of the 4,155-page Omnibus Appropriations Act passed by the Senate and House, and signed Friday by President Joe Biden, establish the New Philadelphia National Historic Site as a unit of the National Park Service to “protect, preserve and interpret” the first town in the United States planned and legally registered by a free African American.

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