York

image When Meriwether Lewis met up with William Clark along the Ohio River, which was the start of their famous Lewis & Clark Expedition, Clark’s body servant and slave, York, accompanied them. William Clark inherited York from his father. It will be the personal journals that Clark keeps about this expedition that mentions York’s name which provides historians insight into why Indians were fascinated with him as well as his role as the only black man involved with this famous expedition.

Information provided by: Marlive Harris and students at McWhorter Elementary School, Carrollton, TX.

Quebec

image Quebec is a Canadian province that provided safety for many blacks escaping the brutality of slavery in the southern states of the US along the Underground Railroad. Led only by the North Star, people such as Harriet Tubman, made their way to safer havens throughout Canada. Today Montreal and Laval, two of Quebec’s largest cities, have large black populations that have contributed greatly to the success of Canadian society.

Information provided by: Marlive Harris and students at McWhorter Elementary School, Carrollton, TX.