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History of New Philadelphia settlement remembered

People gathered in Barry, Illinois Saturday morning to talk about the history of diversity in Pike County.

Eager listeners filled the pews of Barry Baptist Church to hear Marynel Corton talk about her research into the lives of the settlers of the historic New Philadelphia Town Site, the first town registered by a Black American post-civil war.

She said the history is something that relates to us today as well.

"I'm not saying that it was all smooth or everyone was treated fairly all the time back then, but the country is becoming more and more diverse, and we need to not be afraid of each other," said Corton.

Corton also talked about residents like John Walker, who was born as a slave in Virginia, and bought his freedom before moving to New Philadelphia.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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