Frazier Presents York of the Lewis & Clark Expedition
A Notion About Freedom: York of the Lewis & Clark Expedition
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (Doors and gallery access at 5:30)
Filson Curator of Collections and York scholar Jim Holmberg will be sharing the unique story of York, the only African American to journey on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. While on the three-year, 8,000-mile journey, York was an important, skilled, contributing member of America’s greatest exploring venture. Yet, at its conclusion, it was his fate to remain a slave for at least nine years before being granted his freedom. Expedition journals, letters and other sources of the day provide important knowledge about York’s life, allowing a more complete biography than almost any other African American of the early 19th century.
Join Holmberg to learn more about the triumphs and tragedies of this brave explorer who lived most of his life in Louisville. The Filson is Louisville’s historical repository and holds six William Clark letters and one Meriwether Lewis letter, written during the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
Currently on view at the Frazier History Museum, The Lewis and Clark Experience, a hands-on immersive adventure that asks people to face some of the many challenges encountered by the Corps of Discovery on its epic 1803 to 1806 expedition to explore the American West.
$7 general admission/Free to Frazier & Filson members – Cash bar
About the Frazier History Museum
The Frazier History Museum is located at 829 West Main Street on Louisville’s downtown “Museum Row.” This world-class museum provides a journey through more than 1,000 years of world and American history with ever-changing and interactive special exhibits, daily performances by costumed interpreters, engaging programs and special events. The Frazier is open Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m.
For more information, call 502-753-5663 or visit fraziermuseum.org