Petition Tag - historic

1. HELP STOP DEMOLITION OF SHARPSBURG HOUSE

Attention: SHARPSBURG RESIDENTS
Plans have been made by a business owner to destroy the 1629/1631 Mary's Avenue house and property in order to build a commercial parking lot.

Sharpsburg residents, please read and sign this petition if you want Sharpsburg Council Members to preserve the historic house and help the business owner find parking solutions that will make everyone pleased.

***If you are a registered voter, please write "REGISTERED VOTER" in the comments section, along with any comments you may have.

2. SAVE 1436 W. BERWYN HISTORIC BUILDING

To prevent the demolition of the property at 1436 W. Berwyn, Chicago IL
To preserve the historic building at this property. The adjacent property at 1430 W. Berwyn is the "sister" historic building constructed by the same architect and would impact the beauty of the neighborhood. The density population would impact the neighborhood, adding a six flat would impact the green space at 1436 W. Berwyn.

3. Renew, not Remove: Buffalo's Downtown Train Station

Please see the attached video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh8r-pEtiPc&feature=youtu.be

4. SAVE HISTORIC BOULDER CITY, NV

The City of Boulder City plans to construct a new ABOVE GROUND high voltage (69kV) electric transmission line between Substation 3 and Substation 6. Substation 3 is located in the area of Adams St and River Mountain Ave, while Substation 6 is located near the baseball fields at Ville Drive and US93.

5. Stop Rezoning and Protect Historic Downtown Milledgeville, Georgia

This November 8th, Milledgeville's City Council will vote on a request to rezone historic downtown property from Community Commercial to Multi-Family Residential. This rezoning would allow the development of a gated residential complex at 221 and 231 N. Wayne St in the heart of downtown. Evidence abounds that rezoning these properties would be the wrong move for our City Council to make, especially when Council Members take Milledgeville's history, culture, and economy - as well as the ordinances they are bound by - into account.

Milledgeville is worthy of its Historic District title. As one of the first planned cities in the United States, it was modeled after Washington, D.C. Construction of Georgia's antebellum capital began in 1803, but it wasn't until 1807 that a wagon train carrying the state treasury and official documents made its way from the previous capital, Louisville, to its new one, Milledgeville.

Around that time, city land was set aside for the local community to invest in and profit from. We call such zoning Community Commercial today. One antebellum business owner, Wilkes Flagg, founded his blacksmith shop downtown on N. Wayne St - even though he started life as a slave in Virginia. The money his 'master' allowed him to earn from practicing the blacksmith trade on N. Wayne permitted Wilkes to purchase his own freedom as well as that of his wife Lavinia and son Wilkes, Jr. He accomplished this more than 15 years before the end of the Civil War.

When Sherman came through Milledgeville on his March to the Sea, he didn't burn the city to the ground as he had Atlanta, however his men did menace the population that was unable or unwilling to flee. Wilkes Flagg, 64 years old and already a free man, was hung from a tree for days by his thumbs and tortured for his knowledge of where certain spoils of war were hidden. Although he knew such information, he never confessed.

By that time, Flagg Chapel Baptist Church had held service for 34 years, and Wilkes had been its respected pastor for decades. From that moment, he would go on to found the first public school for Georgia's freed slaves and people of color, The Eddy School. Wilkes remains, to this day, a celebrated historical figure and our citizens remember with reverence how he earned his freedom, multiple times over, in our historic downtown.

After the Civil War, a nearby Freedman's Bureau was established to manage the transition from slavery to liberty. By then, the state legislature had moved to Atlanta. As the new capital grew, so did the African American Businesses District on the cross streets of North Wayne and McIntosh. In this segregated business district, countless citizens earned their economic freedom and organized their continued fight for social justice. As time moved on, and segregation lost its social stronghold, the African American Business District came to be revered as one of Milledgeville's truly influential cultural centers.

Unfortunately, not much of the Historic African American Business District remains today. Some of it was demolished to make way for the downtown police station and court house parking lot. If the current request for rezoning is approved, and the land is developed as requested, when standing in the Black Heritage Plaza on the corner of N. Wayne and McIntosh you'll be able to look left and see a police station and look right and see a gated community, which will be marketed towards affluent college students. Such a decision would be one visible step closer to erasing the cultural and commercial heritage of both Milledgeville's Historic District and its Historic African American Business District.

While most citizens approve of developing these properties, many strongly oppose rezoning as the properties are the last open land still available for commercial development in our confined downtown. On page 52 of the Joint Comprehensive Plan for Baldwin County and City of Milledgeville, one of the points for land use says "We will continue to encourage the development of Downtown Milledgeville as a vibrant center of the community in order to improve overall attractiveness and local quality of life." However, if these properties are rezoned, the resulting gated residential development would ultimately serve only a small piece of our community’s pie.

It's important to note that Baldwin County has endured a 21.1% loss in employment since 2006, according to a Market Feasibility Analysis published in 2015. Rezoning property in such a small downtown from Community Commercial to Multi-Family Residential - in addition to erasing cultural and economic history - would in no way offer a long-term solution to our economic woes. While such rezoning may benefit local land owners looking for a quick sell of their properties, the vast majority of profits overtime would go to benefit a developer and residential management team based out of Athens. Land set aside to nourish the local economy would forever be limited in its original purpose.

It's also important to remember community resources, like our maxed-out downtown parking, when considering Milledgeville's economy. As such, the developer must provide 36 parking spaces for the proposed 36 bedroom complex. To fit these parking spots in the proposed lot, the developer requested a variance to shorten parking space length from 20' (that’s considered Code) to 18'.

At recent rezoning hearings, citizens repeatedly pointed out the obvious: trucks that residents and students actually drive in our region don't all FIT into 18' spaces. Therefore, residents of the gated complex - along with visiting friends and family - would have no other option than to park their oversized or visiting vehicles on the street, in spaces normally occupied by cars conducting local business.

Further stress on already limited parking would hinder accessibility to nearby businesses like Slater's Funeral Home, located across the street from the proposed development. Slater's has served the local community during its time of need for over 100 years. However, since available street parking has dwindled over the years, permitting this variance alongside rezoning would only continue the negative trend in available downtown parking.

The last section on page 12 of The Comprehensive Plan says it best: "...there has been an increase in housing that contains 20-49 units, otherwise known as multi-family housing. This housing has the potential to cause traffic and environmental problems if development occurs in areas that are not prepared to handle densities of this nature."

If that wasn't enough, page 16 of the same document states: "Haphazard development could result in the loss of many valuable resources that the County and City rely on for tourism and a sense of community." Our citizens are petitioning against rezoning these properties because we see with clear eyes the long-term loss rezoning would mean for Milledgeville's historic, cultural, economic, and community resources.

If you agree that rezoning 221 and 231 N. Wayne St. from Community Commercial to Multi-Family Residential is the WRONG MOVE for Milledgeville's City Council to make, we implore you to sign this petition and make your voice heard.

We also invite you to join us at the next City Council meeting at City Hall on November 8th at 6:30PM when voting will take place. There are few better ways to celebrate Election Day than by make your presence known and taking action as a concerned citizen. We look forward to seeing you there!

6. Save the Collinwood House

The 1860s era house in Plano, Texas at 5400 Windhaven Drive needs your support to save it from demolition. Please consider signing this online petition to let the city council of Plano understand that residents of Texas and Plano in particular want to see this unique treasure saved and restored right where it was built when Abraham Lincoln was still in office. Take a moment to support Texas history in this house. It represents early frontier history along the historic Shawnee Trail.

Multiple cultures and many eras of Texas history still are visible on the property which was part of the Peters Colony. Settlers built the house with hand-hewn beams and designed its gothic revival style in the fashion of Andrew Jackson Downing. Visit https://www.facebook.com/thecollinwoodhouse/ to learn more.

The Collinwood house is the oldest structure still standing within the city of Plano. Let our leaders know that it can and should be preserved and restored for current and future generations to understand and admire.

Save the Collinwood House!

7. Save Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a national historic landmark that belongs to the City of Boston and its citizens. It is private property — our private property — and it is soon to be destroyed.

The marketplace leases three of the four buildings — North Market, South Market, and Quincy Market — to Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation, a New York real estate company.

Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation is a threat to our city and is withholding information about the future of Faneuil Hall Marketplace. As Ashkenazy Corporation embarks on an ambitious overhaul we’d like prove the support of the City of Boston, and attempt to stop demolition plans and take stock of the potential value of keeping the building.

There are changes set to take place that will destroy many qualities that are important to the buildings' historic character. Performers have announced they will be on strike in response to new regulations at the venue. Their main concerns include noise regulations banning amplifiers above 80 decibels—which some acts use to be heard by large crowds—and the switch from four-strike to two-strike disciplinary guidelines. A list of the new regulations show that Ashkenazy could also dictate show lengths, performance times and locations, and whether or not performers may cancel a show.

Many vendors were alarmed when they did not see a place for their pushcarts or food counters in Ashkenazy’s proposal. Several of the longstanding retailers and pushcart vendors have been concerned with evictions and being replaced with national and international companies. Those fears were realized when Ashkenazy sent out a first round of eviction notices in November 2014. Many other of the food and pushcart vendors have reason to believe that their license agreements and leases might not be renewed after the redesign.

Ashkenazy’s general property manager, Kristen Keefe, said elevators and staircases will replace the food stalls where the businesses that received eviction notices once were.

The eviction letters have many merchants up in arms. One owner who has been operating in Quincy Market for 30 years, said he has never been late on rent or had any problems with management, yet, was served an eviction notice. Some vendors worry that once renovations are complete, Ashkenazy will push them out by raising rent.

Our goal is to keep this historic national landmark from turning into a shopping mall. Faneuil Hall belongs to the citizens of Boston. Current vendors are small, unique, and local. They are Boston. Don’t let corporate greed destroy our city’s most valuable asset.

Click to sign our petition below.
You can visit our website: savefaneuilhall.webs.com
(feel free to leave a comment on the “Our Thoughts” section on the home page.)
We’re also on Twitter: twitter.com/savefaneuilhall
and Instagram: instagram.com/savefaneuilhall

8. Save the Ossining Boat And Canoe Club

A petition to request that the various political, administrative and others who have influence over saving the Ossining Boat & Canoe Club for future generations do so immediately by creating a long term commitment in the form of an agreement between the OBCC and local officials!

9. Save the Minhetti, PE

It has come to my attention today (and to hundreds of others via Facebook Group http://goo.gl/Afm7E that the iconic Hotel Minhetti at Seaview in Port Elizabeth is to be demolished to make way for contemporary apartments.

This is a building of great historic (art deco) significance and historic merit in Port Elizabeth, and should be preserved by the Municipality as such. At the very least it should be redeveloped by sensitive purchasers only as a conserved landmark of great social, architectural and historic importance to the city of Port Elizabeth.

10. Save The Kilby Hotel

The Kilby was built in 1913 by John and Nannie Kilby. The Kilby was a place that housed the children of John and Nannie Kilby. As the children got older and moved out on there own. John and Nannie felt lonely so they rented out the rooms to make extra money and to provide a place for blacks to stay that were traveling.

Over the years the Hotel was passed down thru the family. It is said that the hotel was a place where black entertainers stayed while preforming at club kilby and other places in the area. The Kilby is registered with the state for National Historical places and registered with the city of High Point as a Historical site.This hotel was one of the first hotels built by African Americans and owned by African Americans.At the present time the building is vacant and the McELrath family (owners) are wanting to restore the Hotel but keep it with in the family.

Keeping family history to help restore the African American Community while preserving a milestone of history.

11. Save Manor Place Terrace

The Manor Place Terrace of shops and homes was built between 1875 and 1896. They are some of last remaining Victorian buildings that were constructed on the site of historic Royal Surrey Gardens and are the last examples of Victorian retail within West Walworth.

They offer a strong link to the history of West Walworth and are a fine example of purpose built shops and homes from the late-Victorian era. They offer a real sense of how the streetscape would have been in the past. They are in perfect keeping with the local area being built with interesting detail and to a human scale.

West Walworth will change enormously in the next 20 years with a large number of development sites locally which will net Southwark Council tens of millions of pounds.

We ask that as guardians of our local heritage and its assets, Southwark Council places a value on the terrace and its façade and says no to development which demolishes this historic terrace.

12. Friends of Bunker Thirteen

Bunker13 is inviting people to submit their names for a planned membership scheme, entitled 'Friends of Bunker13'. There will be various benefits including a quarterly newsletter, 2 for 1 Entry in to Yorkshire Air Museum (to be arranged), bunker visits (to be arranged)etc. The cost of this membership package will be around £10 per year with all proceeds going to bunker funds.

NOTE: At this stage we are only asking for names of those who are genuinely interested in becoming a Friend of Bunker13. No monies are needed at this time.
We will contact you in due course.

13. Establish a limited use vehicle registration scheme

In NSW Australia many people own vehicles which are very seldom used yet there is no system for reduced registration costs.

The majority of the rego cost is insurance which is related to Risk which is obviously reduced when usage is limited so there should be some allowance for this.

Please see extended explanation HERE.

14. Save Sessions House

Sessions House is an historic building in Selsey, Sussex, England. It was tragically destroyed by fire and of importance not only historically but socially too in that it was a regarded as a 'jewel in the Crown' of Selseys High Street and as such featured on all chocolates, tea towels and the like as a tourist attraction.

The costs of restoration have meant it is not attractive to developers (other than to be knocked down and be yet another eyesore) and so it remained in ruin. I campaigned to keep this listed and managed to retain it's grade II listing with English Heritage.

No grants or public funding are available and I have invested everything I own (and some) to put this grand old lady back together. The rear development offsets some of the shortfall and saves the majority of the main house. I'm not asking for money, just your support so please help me and play your part in keeping our heritage alive. Thank you.

15. Protect the endangered language Michif of the Metis peoples of Canada

Demand that the Canadian government protect Michif, the language of the historic Metis people of Canada, and other endangered native languages in Canada. The Metis were historically the children of French fur trappers and Cree native women, they developed their own unique culture and language that was a hybrid of French and Cree.

In modern day Canada Metis is also defined by being of mixed European and Aboriginal ancestory. There is a desperately strong need for more resources for people who wish to learn Michif, such as teachers, courses, classes, Resource Centres, books, magazines, websites & audio files such as CD's and MP3 files. Very tragically, this language is so endangered that only an estimated 500 people speak it.

The language Michif and other native languages are in serious threat of extinction due to horrible moves by the Canadian Government including Residential Schools.

The Metis were a valuable culture in Canadian history must be protected!

16. PCS - save our cultural assets petition

Thousands of PCS members who work in galleries, museums and historic sites are launching a campaign to defend the country’s cultural assets.

To coincide with the European Trade Union Confederation’s day of action for jobs and growth, the union is publishing a statement for supporters of the campaign to sign up to oppose cuts in culture, media and sport.

The statement aims to show the level of support against short sighted government cuts which will mean massive job losses and seriously harm the UK economy.

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: “As the coalition government forges ahead with massive cuts in DCMS and the entire arts and heritage sector, more voices are raised in pointing out the lack of sense in their approach.

There is widespread concern that cuts of between 25% and 40% will have a devastating impact on our heritage, our culture and our ability to be competitive in sport. It’s now time to show the strength of feeling against these cuts and let the government know that we are not prepared to let them ruin our valuable cultural heritage.”

Sign the petition below and join the campaign to save our cultural assets. In addition to the e-petition, we have received over 260 hand-written signatures in support. Please join the campaign today.

17. Say NO to the proposed site plan and location of Lowe's at 1500 N. Croatan Hwy in Kill Devil Hills

Lowe's home improvement has proposed to erect a 159,054 square foot mega store at 1500 N. Croatan Hwy adjacent to Landing Drive and First Street in Kill Devil Hills, NC. This site is approximately 1500 ft from property of the historic Wright Brothers National Memorial.

The plan includes an addition of at least 3.5 feet of fill to achieve a 10.5 foot elevation above sea level on the 12.8 acre lot which may potentially flood the surrounding neighborhood and the park despite any swales, retention areas, and piping meant to divert storm water. A stop light would also be added at US 158 and Landing Drive.

Zoning variances are being requested for the following issues: to allow only 409 parking spaces instead of the required 795 for a business this size, 38 foot light poles, planting fewer trees than required along US 158.

18. Create the Newburyport Local Historic District

Ever since the undertaking of the survey in 1984 to place the Newburyport Historic District under the designation of the National Register of Historic Places, efforts have been made to create a mechanism to protect these precious assets.

Many visitors after seeing the beautiful historic neighborhoods assume incorrectly that the City has in place ordinances to protect and preserve the very buildings that have provided renewed wealth to the City. They are continually shocked when they learn there is none except a one-year demolition delay.

Though many attempts have been made to slow the demolition of these historic structures, Mass Historic has noted that over 700 buildings of the 2,750 plus structures have been lost since 1984.

In fact, in just the last ten years, the amount of demolition has actually accelerated. We, the citizens of Newburyport know the urgency to put into place some means to preserve our historic downtown and neighborhoods.

The very best mechanism is to institute a local historic district over this area which protects the exterior of the buildings and historic streetscapes.

19. Save Leek Town Centre

We are a group opposing two planning applications one by Sainsbury's and one by Tesco's to build out of town superstores in our market town, which has a population of 19,000 approximately. We believe that these stores will destroy our historic market town centre laying waste to hundreds of years of heritage within our town centre area.

An independent survey by The National Retail Forum shows that 93 individual superstore opening led to nett job losses of 25,000. This equates to 276 per store. If these two stores are built and these statistics are replicated Leek will lose 552 jobs nett.

20. Save Dundee's Tay Hotel

I believe that Dundee Council should be doing their utmost to save one of the few old buildings that is left in the city centre rather than leaving it to go to ruin.

I feel it is so important that all that can be done to preserve this great Dundee landmark should be done but sadly at present it is being left to decay.

21. Protect and Enhance the historic La Vase Portage

North Bay City Council is on the brink of ignoring recommendations from City Planning staff, the North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority and Ministry of Culture for a minimum 120 metre quarrying buffer and to proceed with only a 60 metre buffer to advance aggregate extraction in the area.

22. Preserve the Far West Village/Rezone the C6-1 District

The Far West Village is one of New York's most historic neighborhoods, which community groups and preservationists have fought for years to preserve and protect from over development.

However, there is a six block section of the Far West Village which still contains an anomalous and outdated zoning designation that encourages out-of-scale development, and strongly encourages hotel, dormitory, or office development in a predominantly residential but mixed-use neighborhood.

While this area is now part of the Greenwich Village Historic District, only a change to the zoning can ensure that any new development here truly respects the scale and character of the neighborhood.

23. In support of a cooperative agreement with Autrey Mill Nature Preserve Assoc.

The Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center, is a unique facility in the bustling City of Johns Creek GA. It features 46 acres of forest, woodland trails, winding creek, heritage gardens, historic buildings, and animal exhibits.

The beautiful Autrey Mill of today was built over a 20-year period under the leadership of the non-profit Autrey Mill Nature Preserve Association (AMNP) Board and its talented staff, with the vital help of generous public and private supporters, and by harnessing the indispensable work of volunteers.

With the stability provided by a 30-year lease agreement (originally with Fulton County and now with the City of Johns Creek) AMNP has been able to conduct long-range planning; receive major grants; undertake larger, multi-year projects; and accept donations of heirlooms and important historic items. Operating under this lease, the AMNP Board has provided responsible stewardship of the land and continually made improvements.

On March 11, 2009, the City of Johns Creek took the extraordinary step of suing the AMNP non-profit corporation operated by community volunteers. In its lawsuit the City seeks to invalidate the 30-year lease and seeks control over the historic items that have been donated to AMNP over the years.

24. Save Ina Duley Ogdons Home 6829 Summerfield Rd. Temperance, Michigan

The property located at 6829 Summerfield Rd. Temperance Michigan should be considered as a historical site. The property will be going up for sale and is at great risk of being torn down if we do not step in and urge the township to get involved with it’s preservation.

The Ina Duley Ogdon cabin, “deserving of preservation, was built on an old Indian trail now called Summerfield Road in Lambertville. Constructed about 1830 for Charles and Charlotte Phelps, it was remodeled in the 1860’s as their family grew.

Around 1920 hymnist, Ina Duley Ogdon and her husband purchased the cabin from Stephen Phelps as a summer cottage, but later decided to move here permanently. In 1930 a second cabin, owned by Henry Beck and built in 1865, was purchased. It logs were numbered, dismantled and moved from Ottawa Lake by Charles Friedly and Fred Hasen. Reconstructed as a wing of this lovely country home, the rustic log cabin portion was purposely left exposed.

Ina enjoyed the peaceful country living with its outdoor ponds and gardens, and her antique filled home. It was in an upper bedroom of this home that Ina Duley Ogdon penned a verse to cheer her ailing father. “Brighten the Corner Where you are” was sold (for $3.00) to the music director of Evangelist Billy Sunday, who set it to music and helped make it the most popular hymn of all times.

Ina would go on to write over 3,000 verses and two books in her lifetime. “
By Trudy Wieske Urbani (Town Historian)

25. Protect historic character of Gillespie Crescent

We think that the attractive character of our street is threatened by insensitive developments. A couple of landlord owners have subdivided their bay windowed living rooms and plasterboarded the ceilings below the cornice, to form more bedrooms.

All the other Victorian Crescents in Edinburgh have Listed protected status which would prevent this from happening - Warrander Park Crescent, Marchmont Crescent, Grosvenor Crescent, Landsdale Crescent are all B Listed and Gardners Cresent, Atholl Crescent, Randoph Crecent are A Listed.

26. Save the Metro Theatre!

San Francisco's historic Metro Theatre opened as the Metropolitan in 1924.

It was designed by prominent local architects the Reid Bros (Fairmont Hotel) and was the original home of the San Francisco International Film Festival - America's oldest international film festival.

27. Save Our Schools in Aberdeen

Aberdeen City Council is proposing the wide-spread closure of schools for purely financial reasons. The effects of this will include:

1. A potential over-crowding of other schools in the city, with a knock-on effect on the pupils' learning potential. Smaller class sizes are beneficial;

2. A higher concentration of traffic around the remaining schools at busy times of the day, will result in danger to the children, and delays to the road users;

3. Prominent historic city landmarks may be sold to the private sector, or even destroyed, never to be reclaimed by the public of Aberdeen.

Action Required:

Unused space within schools should be considered for use by other Council departments or to extend the "Educational Hubs" initiative.

Aberdeen City Council should discard their proposals for all school closures immediately, and return to the public in due course with a plan which incorporates the above.

28. Save the Hialeah Race Track

The Hialeah Race Track has seen many historic figures including Winston
Churchill, and J.F.K.

The Hialeah Park Race Track (also known as the Miami Jockey Club or Hialeah
Race Track or Hialeah Park) is a historic site in Hialeah, Florida.

It has seen many great horse races.

It has recently been put on the endangered historic places list. The owner plans to tear it down and have condos put up in its place.

29. Abandonment of East Court Street and 133 Main

Give away land along East Court Street, including part of the sidewalk by abandonment, which in fact violates CBD design guidelines.

Impact:

• Destroys forever the historic design and symmetry of the streetscape along this area that has been in existence since 1884.

• Compromises and breaks the historic sidewalk alignment of buildings on East Court and violates CBD design guidelines.

• Allows the building to project out on the street beyond the old Record (now Devereaux) building and the Poinsett Hotel.

• Compromises the symmetrical sight lines offset that the Liberty building and the original Palmetto building had with the old Court House and The Poinsett Hotel.

• Narrows the sidewalk at the point that it enters McBee Plaza.

• Establishes a dangerous precedent for the City to permanently give up part of a very busy sidewalk , currently in frequent use by the public, for private use for a few citizens to build larger condominiums.

• Never allow any improvement on McBee Plaza to within 5 feet of the Developer’s encroachment in the future for either the enjoyment or safety of the Public.

• Permanently impact adjoining landowners from seeking the best and highest use of his property by supporting their encroachment and their limits on any construction within 5 feet of the Developer’s private parking garage.

• Setting a dangerous precedent to give subsurface city land for private underground parking without establishing any criteria for benefits to the public good.

30. Free Frank: New Philadelphia, Illinois STAMP

Dr. Juliet E.K. Walker and the Free Frank New Philadelphia Historic Preservation Foundation launch the Free Frank and New Philadelphia Illinois Commemorative Stamps Campaigns.

Dr. Juliet Elise Kirkpatrick Walker, Founder and Executive Director of the Free Frank New Philadelphia Historic Preservation Foundation (the "Foundation") and the Foundation's advisory committee to promote the Free Frank and New Philadelphia Illinois Commemorative Stamp projects, has officially launched the petition campaigns. The petitions are necessary to garnish enough support to convince the United States Postal Service Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee that the issuance of a commemorative Free Frank and New Philadelphia Illinois stamps is necessary to recognize this extraordinary African-American and the historic event of the town founding in America's history.


Dr. Juliet E.K. Walker and the Foundation Stamp Advisory Committee, is recommending that United States Postage Stamps be issued in honor of Free Frank McWorter (1777-1854) and New Philadelphia, Illinois. The slave-born Free Frank holds the historic distinction of being the first African American town founder. In 1836, he legally platted the frontier town of New Philadelphia, Illinois which in August became the 1st black town to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also, over a period of 40 years, with profits generated from various enterprises, as both a slave and free black pioneer entrepreneur, Free Frank purchased 16 family members, including himself, from slavery. The total cost, $15,000, adjusting for inflation and the devaluation of the dollar, today, would be $250,000.

Free Frank's life history is found in a carefully researched book, by Dr. Juliet E.K.Walker, Free Frank's great great granddaughter which provides the only documented study of Free Frank's economic life and his town of New Philadelphia- Free Frank: A Black Pioneer on the Antebellum Frontier (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1983, 1995), In 1988 Dr. Walker had the gravesite of her great great grandfather placed in the National Register of Historic Places, one of only three Illinois gravesites listed in the National Register. The other two are President Abraham Lincoln and Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas.

According to Dr. Walker the selection of Free Frank and New Philadelphia Illinois to appear on a United States Postal Stamp is imperative because it preserves in our nation's history the life and accomplishments of a great American and a great African-American. Free Frank's life epitomized the basic core values that we all share as Americans, to be free and the pursuit of life liberty and happiness. This recognition is long overdue."