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York Memorial commended by local media

May 19, 2010

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    Photo by: Motoya Nakamura, The Oregonian

The Oregonian’s review of Lewis & Clark’s York Memorial praises the work’s “subtle power” and the college’s leadership in challenging public memory about the Corps of Discovery.

Dedicated on May 8, York: Terra Incognita is Lewis & Clark’s permanent memorial to a key member of the Corps of Discovery too long ignored by history. Created by artist Alison Saar, the work memorializes a man who served on the expedition as the slave of William Clark, who became a crucial contributor to the expedition’s success—and who, after the completion of the journey, shared in none of the fame and fortune enjoyed by other members of the corps.

The following video offers context about York’s historical significance and tells the story of how the memorial came to be at Lewis & Clark.

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