BARRY — A nearly forgotten strip of Pike County land that was once home to the first town in the United States plated and legally registered by an African American is now just a Senate vote away from national park status.
The significance of the 80 acres once known as New Philadelphia was not lost on a group that more than a decade ago formed the New Philadelphia Association to raise awareness of the city. Along the way, those efforts attracted a champion in Congressman Darin LaHood, whose work helped get New Philadelphia listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a National Historic Landmark.
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