Pennsylvania's Hispanic population grew by % between 2000 and 2010, making it one of the largest increases in a state's Hispanic population. The significant growth of the Hispanic population is due to immigration to the state mainly from Puerto Rico, which is a US territory, but to a lesser extent from countries such as the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and various Central and South American nations, as well as from the wave of Hispanics leaving New York and New Jersey for safer and more affordable living. The Asian population swelled by almost 60%, which was fueled by Indian, Vietnamese, and Chinese immigration, as well the many Asian transplants moving to Philadelphia from New York. The rapid growth of this community has given Pennsylvania one of the largest Asian populations in the nation by numerical values. The Black and African American population grew by 13%, which was the largest increase in that population amongst the state's peers (New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan).The White population declined by %, a trend that is beginning to reverse itself. Twelve other states saw decreases in their White populations.  The state of Pennsylvania has a high in-migration of blacks and Hispanics from other nearby states, with eastern and south-central portions of the state seeing the bulk of the increases.  
The Madonna of the Trail is a series of twelve statues placed along Rt 40 the Old National Trails Road. The Pennsylvania Madonna was the tenth in the series and was dedicated December 8, 1928. It is located in Beallsville on Rt. 40 near Washington, Pennsylvania. The statues were designed by sculptor August Leimbach. They were dedicated to the pioneer spirit of women. They provide a symbol of the courage and faith of the women whose strength and love aided so greatly in settlement of the frontiers. It is also a reminder of the pioneer spirit of all women - from our revolutionary ancestors to present.