Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Lewis and Clark in Kentucky / York
This enslaved African American who lived most of his life in Louisville, went on Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Pacific, 1803-6. York was the first African American to cross the U.S. coast to coast and made important contributions to the success of the expedition.
York - York, a Clark family slave born ca. 1772, moved with them to Jefferson Co. from Va. in 1785. Inherited by Wm. Clark from father John in 1799. After return from expedition to the West, York lived in Louisville and worked as a wagon driver. Freed after 1815. Clark reported that York died in Tenn. before 1832.
Sponsored by The Filson Historical Society and the African American Heritage Foundation.
Erected 2003 by Kentucky Historical Society - Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2119.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society, and the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 38° 15.542′ N, 85° 45.368′ W. Touch for map. Located on the Louisville Riverwalk near the Ferry Loading Dock. Marker is in this post office area: Louisville KY 40202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Irene Dunne (1898-1990) (here, next to this marker); William Clark (1770-1838) / Lewis And Clark In Kentucky Louisville (here, next to this marker); Louisville Wharf During The Civil War Years (a few steps from this marker); Belle of Louisville (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain John F. Gilooly (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Visitors at Louisville Wharf / Louisville’s Steamboat Era (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Belle of Louisville (about 300 feet away); Mayor Andrew Broaddus (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
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