Cairo in Alexander County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
York the Slave
Born about 1772 to slave parents, Old York and Rose, York was the body servant of William Clark. York grew up in Virginia and Kentucky and traveled with the future Captain Clark on his expeditions. In the early 1810's, York was freed by Clark. Involved in drayage and domestic service in Tennessee, York lived possibly into the early 1830's.
Erected by City of Cairo.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 37° 0.172′ N, 89° 10.327′ W. Marker is in Cairo, Illinois, in Alexander County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Avenue (U.S. 51) and 15th Street, on the right when traveling north on Washington Avenue. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Duncan Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); The Beginning of the Third Principal Meridian (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Ohio River Bridge (approx. 1½ miles away); Lewis and Clark in Illinois (approx. 1.6 miles away); Historical Survey Marker (approx. 1.6 miles away); Lewis & Clark (approx. 1.6 miles away); Cairo, Illinois (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Meeting of the Rivers (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cairo.
Categories. • African Americans • Exploration •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,332 times since then. Last updated on March 22, 2011, by Allen Gathman of Pocahontas, Missouri. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 31, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.