Removing inaccurate information from York's plaque
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We are the Birmingham Project, a club at South Oldham High School, and we are dedicated to fighting injustice.
In downtown Louisville there is a statue dedicated to York, an important addition to Lewis’ and Clark’s expedition. York’s statue is impactful because of the fact there is only a few monuments dedicated to slaves in the country. Because of the importance of this statue, there is a sentence on the plaque that bothers us. The sentence reads (talking about the fate of York):
“The other ending - reported by Clark and with the known documentary evidence supporting it - has York being given his freedom, being set up in a freight hauling business by Clark, losing the business, regretting ever getting his freedom, and dying in Tennessee sometime before 1832, a miserable, broken man trying to return to his former master.”
This is insulting, inappropriate, and dehumanizing due to the fact that this is memorial is honoring York’s role in the expedition, and furthermore, this “evidence” is not reliable. We request remove this distasteful statement from the plaque as soon as possible.
Because it is in the walkway of the Ali center, a museum dedicated to another great American hero, it will bring in tourists to look at this distasteful plaque statement instead of focusing on York’s contributions to the great american adventure.
We realized that out of all of the statues of African Americans this one stands out because he is holding a rifle. In most of the statues that represent African American heroes it seems that few, if any, show any representation of power.
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