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. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is on West River Road 0.1 miles north of North 4th Street. Touch for map. Located on the Louisville Riverwalk near the Ferry Loading
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Visitors at Louisville Wharf (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kentucky Fugitives to Canada (about 800 feet away); The Galt House (approx. ¼ mile away); Birth of Truth In Advertising (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Louisville Slugger Bat (approx. 0.4 miles away); Second African Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Slavery Laws In Old Kentucky/Site of Arterburn Brothers Slave Pens (approx. 0.4 miles away); "Bloody Monday" / American (Know-Nothing) Party (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
Categories. • African Americans • Exploration • Settlements & Settlers •
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