York: Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker, E-99-a

Born in Caroline County in 1770, York was a slave of the William Clark family and the only African American on the 1803-1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition. Approximately 34 years old at the time, York was one of the hunters and also accompanied groups of soldiers on scouting missions. Other members of the expedition received money and land for their services, but York did not because of his slave status and Clark’s refusal to manumit him. York may have escaped from Clark and returned to Wyoming, where according to tradition, he lived out his life with the Crow Indians.

Marker Information:
Date Approved by DHR: 12/17/09
Year On Marker: 2009
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Region: Fredericksburg-Culpeper-Warrenton and Upper Piedmont Region
Geographic Location: Caroline County
Physical Description of Location: Caroline Co., intersection of Routes 639 and U.S.1, two miles west of the new Lewis and Clark Elementary school.
GPS Location: 38.020571,-77.515787
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