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New PhiladelphiaAn Archaeology of Race in the Heartland$
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Paul Shackel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520266292

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520266292.001.0001

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Some Thoughts, but Not the Final Word

Some Thoughts, but Not the Final Word

(p.168) Chapter 11 Some Thoughts, but Not the Final Word
New Philadelphia

Paul A. Shackel

University of California Press

New Philadelphia is about entrepreneurial success and freedom. This chapter suggests that an interpretive center be built which explains the history and development of New Philadelphia and the contributions of the McWorter family. New Philadelphia's was a multiracial community that survived for almost a century, and any interpretation of the place needs to acknowledge the entire town over its entire existence. Sanctified sites and memorials have a distinctive appearance in New Philadelphia landscape. It is striking how people of different backgrounds who have been oppressed for generations have similar values: freedom and hope for the future as well as a call to remember the struggle. While the many stakeholders unite to preserve New Philadelphia, it is hoped that its core values of hope and freedom become the centerpiece for remembering and valuing this historic place.

Keywords:   New Philadelphia, McWorter family, multiracial community, sanctified sites, memorials, freedom, hope

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