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New Kent in New Kent County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

James Lafayette

 
 
James Lafayette Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 28, 2009
1. James Lafayette Marker
Inscription. James Lafayette was born in slavery about 1748 near here. His master William Armistead was commissary of military supplies when in the summer of 1781 the Marquis de Lafayette recruited James as a spy. Posing as a double agent, forager, and servant at British headquarters, James moved freely between the lines with vital information on British troop movements for Lafayette. The Virginia General Assembly freed James in 1787 in recognition of his bravery and service, on the written recommendation of Lafayette, whose name he took for his own. He died in Baltimore on 9 Aug. 1830.
 
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number WO 17.)
 
Location. 37° 31.069′ N, 76° 58.7′ W. Marker is in New Kent, Virginia, in New Kent County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of New Kent Highway and Courthouse Circle. Click for map. The marker is located on the lawn in front of the New Kent County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: New Kent VA 23124, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. New Kent Courthouse (here, next to this marker); Martha Washington's Birthplace (a few steps from this marker); John Parke Custis
James Lafayette Marker at New Kent County Courthouse. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 28, 2009
2. James Lafayette Marker at New Kent County Courthouse.
(a few steps from this marker); A Tale of Three Structures (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Wilson House: Witness to Three Centuries (about 600 feet away); Harold J. Neale (approx. 3.8 miles away); Stuart's Ride (approx. 5.4 miles away); St. Peter's Church (approx. 5.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New Kent.
 
Also see . . .  The African American Registry. James Lafayette. (Submitted on April 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,075 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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