Hyattsville in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Lewis & Clark Expedition / The 15th Amendment
In the Spring of America's 28th year, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark began a vital mission, having been charged by President Thomas Jefferson to do three things: chart an all-water route from the Atlantic to the Pacific, document the natural resources of the Pacific Northwest and the recently acquired territory of the Louisiana Purchase, and become knowledgeable about the people living on the land.
The expedition, which would pave the way for more exploration, commerce, and settlement, embarked from St. Louis, Missouri, in May 1804. The Corps of Discovery, as the group was named, was composed of 32 people, 30 of whom were men: Lewis and Clark, co-captains; George Drouillard and Touissant Charbonneau, interpreters; York, Clark's slave; and 25 sergeants and privates.
Also instrumental to the expedition's success was Charbonneau's shoshone wife, Sacagawea, who in addition to her roles as interpreter and guide, was a mother to her infant son: Jean Baptiste. On November 18, 1999, one hundred and ninety-five years after she had joined the expedition, the
Having endured bitter cold, exhausting heat, blisters, hunger, and more, the mission returned to St. Louis and a grateful nation on September 23, 1806.
In 2003, the U.S. government inaugurated the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Celebration of the Expedition, encouraging its citizens to study the journey and to experience the wonders of the trail for themselves.
The original Lewis and Clark map displayed here is held by the Cartographic Section of the Special Media Archives Services Division at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.
Ratified on February 3, 1870, the 15th Amendment to the Constitution reads as follows:
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
For almost a century, its ratification had little impact, especially in the South, where blacks were discouraged from voting by intimidation, poll taxes, and violence.
The original amendment is in the National
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Exploration • Native Americans • Women. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #03 Thomas Jefferson, and the Lewis & Clark Expedition series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is February 3, 1870.
Location. 38° 58.187′ N, 76° 57.154′ W. Marker is in Hyattsville, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Toledo Road just west of America Boulevard, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6525 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville MD 20782, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Gettysburg Address / The Emancipation Proclamation (here, next to this marker); The Louisiana Purchase / Edison's Light Bulb Patent (here, next to this marker); The Bill of Rights / The Statue of Liberty (here, next to this marker); A Nation of Immigrants / The Original 13 States (a few steps from this marker); The Constitution / The 19th Amendment (a few steps from this marker); The Treaty at Fort McIntosh / President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Day of Infamy" Address (a few steps from this marker); To Serve and Defend / Brown V. Board of Education of TopekaThe Declaration of Independence / President John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hyattsville.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 29, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 29, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.