Black History Month

A Stamp for York

Sixth grader Jackson Davis wants to see York, a black explorer, on a postage stamp

March 09, 2012
COURTESY DAVIS FAMILY

Jackson Davis is the great-grandson of a postal worker.

Jackson Davis, 12, is working hard to get York, an African-American slave on the Lewis and Clark expedition, featured on a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) stamp. Jackson learned about York while studying the famous expedition.

From 1804 to 1806, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark explored the American West. York was the only black man on the journey and was an important part of the team. He helped the other explorers make friends with Native Americans. 

Jackson discovered that Lewis, Clark and Native American guide Sacagawea had all been recognized on stamps. But not York. Jackson sent the USPS a proposal to have York featured on a Black Heritage Series stamp in 2013. “Stamps are the most visible piece of art,” Jackson told TFK. “What better way to honor York than this?”

To gain more support, the Maryland sixth grader wrote letters to his congressman Chris Van Hollen and other lawmakers. Several wrote back, including President Barack Obama. Jackson shared his idea with Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe during a visit to the National Postal Museum, in Washington, D.C., in December.

The USPS is currently considering Jackson’s proposal. “I could really achieve my goal,” he says.

Do you agree that York should be featured on a USPS stamp? Jackson is asking supporters to sign a petition (link below) and mail it to:

Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee

475 L’Enfant Plaza SW Room

Kid Reporter
Tavian Moore

3300 Washington, DC 20260-3501

Attn: Layne D. Owens

 

Click here to download Jackson's petition.

 

To learn more about Jackson's campaign, click here visit his website.

 


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