Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Missouri: York

York, Lewis, Clark and Drouillard at the Lewis and Clark Trailhead Plaza in Jefferson City.

Clark owned York; he was given to him by Clark's father.  In literature and diaries he is variously called a manservant, "body servant", "my black Servent", my boy york".  Because he was a slave he was not paid when the Corps returned. He was married to a woman who was enslaved by someone else and could rarely see her. He was not freed by Clark for at least ten years after the Corps returned.

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