York was born the son of Old York and Rose who were the slaves of John Clark lll, William Clark’s father. York was William Clark’s lifelong body servant willed to him by his Father on July 24th, 1799. He born sometime in 1770 in Ladysmith, Caroline County Virginia and passed away some time before 1832.
Everyone knows Lewis & Clark, but did you know that there was a Black man who was also part of the expedition? His name was York. As William Clark’s slave from boyhood, he participated as a full member of the expedition and was present when the expedition reached the Pacific Ocean. [Read more…]