Jackson Davis V, a 12-year-old boy with an adventurous spirit and inquisitive mind is running a campaign to post the face of York, Lewis and Clark’s African-American enslaved manservant, on a postage stamp.
In February of 2011, Davis’s class at Lowell Elementary School was assigned to do a report on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Jackson Davis says that Lowell Elementary School teaches him to “Think outside the box and got me into writing letters and to do extraordinary things.” While researching the duo, Davis discovered that William Clark had a slave named York.
During a trip to the post office, Davis found numerous stamps of historic African-American figures, yet York was not amongst them. He didn’t understand why Lewis and Clark were on a stamp, and their Native American guide Sacagawea had a coin, but York did not get any recognition. “Stamps are the most visible things out there. What better way to honor someone than to put their face on a stamp?” said Davis. Jackson’s mother, Cyn Davis says this is her proud moment, when “A kid asks the right question.”