Some Thoughts, but Not the Final Word

Paul A. Shackel

in New Philadelphia

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780520266292
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947832 | DOI:
Some Thoughts, but Not the Final Word

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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

Chapter.  5767 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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