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East St. Louis in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

York

Lewis & Clark Expedition

 

— 1803-1806 —

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 21, 2019
1. York Marker
Inscription.  York, as Clark's Body Slave, was an active voting member of the expedition. Described as big, very dark, strong, agile, athletic, and playful. York was known as "Big Medison" to Native Americans. From near this site he often paddled Lewis and Clark by canoe to St. Louis for meetings and supplies. York was a hunter, nurse, poled the keelboat, made fires and put his life at risk for the safety of Clark. He may have been freed by Clark between 1811 & 1815.
 
Erected 2003 by The Illinois Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 38° 37.731′ N, 90° 10.492′ W. Marker is in East St. Louis, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is at the intersection of South Front Street and Riverpark Drive, on the right when traveling north on South Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 724 East Broadway, East Saint Louis IL 62201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lewis and Clark in Illinois (here, next to this marker); Lewis and Clark and St. Louis Riverfront
York Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 21, 2019
2. York Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away in Missouri); Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); The James B. Eads Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away in Missouri); Mississippi River Overlook (approx. half a mile away); The Captains' Return (approx. half a mile away in Missouri); Rue Royale (approx. half a mile away in Missouri); Old Missouri Hotel (approx. half a mile away in Missouri). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East St. Louis.
 
Also see . . .  An enslaved man was crucial to the Lewis and Clark expedition’s success. Washington Post article about York (Submitted on January 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2020. This page originally submitted on April 27, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 27, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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