A Portland Park statue of an enslaved Black member of the Lewis and Clark expedition has been vandalized for the second time.
Inside Edition reports that the statue of York in Portland’s Mt. Tabor Park was discovered toppled, with the bust torn from its pedestal. The statue, which was vandalized at night time, was found after a customer notified a park upkeep employee on Wednesday morning (July 28).
York was an enslaved man in his 30s owned by William Clark, one of many males who led the famed expedition of Western land acquired by the U.S. by the Louisiana Buy within the early 1800s. York was essential to the expedition’s success by attempting to find badly wanted meals, serving to uncover new crops and animals, and smoothing relations with Indigenous Individuals.
When York requested his freedom after the expedition, Clark refused and “gave him a extreme trouncing,” in line with the Washington Post. Clark’s remedy of York was unknown till the invention of Clark’s letters to his brother in 1988.
In line with KOIN, the statue of York first appeared in Mt. Tabor Park in February. It changed a statue of Harvey Scott, a longtime editor of The Oregonian who opposed girls’s suffrage, which was beforehand torn down. It stays unknown who created or positioned the bust of York.
Portland Parks & Recreation Director Adena Lengthy stated, “The York bust appeared in Mt. Tabor park in February as a contented shock to Portland Parks & Recreation. Sadly, the quite a few racist responses to the memorial of a Black man pressured to take part within the Corps of Discovery Expedition haven’t been a shock.”
She continued, “The newest act of vandalism is extremely disappointing for me, and I’m positive nearly all of Portlanders will miss seeing York on the prime of Mt. Tabor.”