Saturday, July 30, 2011

Youngster Wants Black Heritage Stamp for Lewis and Clark Slave

Round-Up reader Cyn Davis gave us a head's up on a story that appeared in the Washington Post about her son, Jackson Davis, who is trying to get a slave known only as York to be the subject of the Black Heritage Stamp in 2013.

After doing much research for a 5th grade assignment, Jackson, 11, learned that York was a slave with the Lewis and Clark Expedition. His mom is quoted in the Washington Post article by Megan Buerger as saying, "“He kept asking why Lewis and Clark had their own stamps and Sacagawea had a coin but York didn’t get anything.”

According to Buerger, "It takes three years for the committee to accept a proposal, design the stamp and distribute it to the public. But Jackson might have a real shot. In March, he received a letter from the committee notifying him that the York stamp is 'under consideration.' He has also secured support from Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and, as of Tuesday, Vice President Biden."

Shown above, Jackson Davis and Rep. Chris Van Hollen meet to discuss plans to get a stamp for York, a slave with the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Click here to read the entire article.

Click here to go to Jackson's "Vote 4 York Black Heritage Stamp" Facebook page.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM