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New Philadelphia, Ill.

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Descendants of the original settlers of New Philadelphia were on hand for a reunion and to visit the site where archeologists work to uncover what is believed to be one of the first racially integrated towns pre-Civil War.


FOR THE RECORD:
An earlier version of this photo gallery incorrectly identified New Philadelphia as one of the first integrated towns post-Civil War rather than pre-Civil War.

 (David Kennedy)
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Archeology students Maria Nieres from Puerto Rico, foreground, and Megan Barley, from Buffalo NY, work the New Philadelphia archeological site. (David Kennedy)
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A white ceramic bowl is discovered and archeolgists pick away the dirt at the New Philadelphia archeological site. (David Kennedy)
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Archeologists work to uncover artifacts in New Philadelphia, believed to be one of the first racially integrated towns pre-Civil War. (David Kennedy)
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Dr. Terrance Martin, left, curator at the Illinois State Museum, talks with members of the Burdick family at the New Philadelphia archeological site. To the right of Dr. Martin are Dan, Paul, Leanne, D’Linda, and Dave Burdick. Paul and Dave are grandsons of New Philadelphia residents. (David Kennedy)
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Archeologists work to uncover New Philadelphia, believed to be one of the first racially integrated towns pre-Civil War. (David Kennedy)
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Gerald McWorter is a descendant of the founder of New Philadelphia. (David Kennedy)
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