Dr. Juliet E.K.
Walker and the Free Frank New Philadelphia Historic
Preservation Foundation launch the Free Frank
and New Philadelphia Illinois Commemorative Stamps
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."
At least 8,000 Letters of Support are
needed to be sent to the Postal Services' Citizens
Stamp Advisory Committee. The committee will
only review a particular theme or idea once
every two years. As the committee reviews stamp
themes in the coming months, it will base much
of its decision on how many people write letters
of support for an idea.
There are several ways for you to get
involved to make sure the Commemorative Free
Frank United States Postal Stamp and the Commemorative
New Philadelphia Illinois Postal come into fruition:
1. Contact Your Government Representative:
Have your local, state and federal representatives
send them too.
Please take the time to send a copy of your
letter to the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee
to your United
States Representative and Senator.
Let them know that you support the Dr. Juliet
E.K. Walker's effort for the issuance of a Commemorative
Free Frank and New Philadelphia Illinois United
States Postal Stamp. Please ask that they support
When you call or write please remember that Congress recesses over the summer at the end of July and returns after Labor Day. If you send a letter, try to follow up with a phone call.
States House of Representatives
www.house.gov (Go to House Directory)
www.senate.gov (Go to List Senators by state)
2. Write letters:
Contact your family and friends and urge them to write letters until the stamps are issued
Anyone wishing to send a letter in support of these projects print out a letter of support and sign, date and return to:
Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee
United States Postal Service
1735 North Lynn Street Room 5013
Arlington, VA 22209-6432
here to download & print out sample letter of
support for the Free Frank Commemorative
here to download & print out sample letters
of support for the New Philadelphia Illinois
3. Petition Drives
If you are a school or student, or if you belong to a church, synagogue, or community organization, start a petition campaign to garnish support and publicize the Free Frank and New Philadelphia Illinois Postage Stamp campaigns. It's a story that should never be forgotten.
Direct other people to this webpage so everyone will find out about the campaign. Link your site to this page or publish it in your practice newsletter. Full permission is given to link to our site for this purpose
here to download & print out a petition for
support of the New Philadelphia Illinois
Commemorative United States Postal Stamp.
to download & print out a petition for support of the Free
Frank Commemorative United States Postal
Click here to
submit an online petition for the for the Free
here to submit an online petition for the New
Philadelphia Illinois stamp.
We thank you in advance for your support. Your letters and petitions will help us reach our goals. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact email@example.com -the Foundation Stamp Advisory Committee for additional information.
learn more about Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee
and its 13 member panel click here.