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LaGrange in Troup County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Lafayette

 
 
Lafayette Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay
1. Lafayette Marker
Inscription.  Born at the Château de Chavaniac Auvergne, France, on September 6, 1757, Gilbert Motter De Lafayette became at age 19 a Major General on Georgia Washington's staff. He Played a vital role in the defeat of General Charles Cornwallis at Yorktown, October 19,1781, ending the American Revolution.

Later in France Lafayette was Commanding General of the National Guard. Leader in the movement that gave France Republican form of Government. Author of the Declaration of the Rights of Man, and designer of the “Cocarde of Liberty” which he holds in his hand.

LaGrange, Georgia, was named for Lafayette's home, The Chateau De LaGrange on motion of Julius Calford. When the city was chartered on December 16, 1828, honoring Lafayette, who crossed the Chattahooche below LaGrange on March 30, 1825.

This statue of Lafayette is an exact copy of the original by Ernest -Eugene Hiolle C1834-1886) that stands in Le Puy, Auvergne, France. It was cast by American sculptor Harry Jackson at his Wyoming Foundry Studios, Camaniore, Italy, in 1974.

Permission to cast the statue was granted by Mayor Celestin Qiomcoei
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and the city council of Le Puy. It is the property of LaGrange College, on permanent loan to the city of LaGrange. The Statue and Renovation of Fountain are a gift of Callaway Foundation, Inc.
 
Erected 1975 by Callaway Foundation, Inc.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1894.
 
Location. 33° 2.329′ N, 85° 1.879′ W. Marker is in LaGrange, Georgia, in Troup County. Marker is at the intersection of Vernon Street and East Lafayette Square, on the right when traveling west on Vernon Street. Marker is located in park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lagrange GA 30240, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First flag flown at this site (within shouting distance of this marker); Gilbert du Motier Marquis de LaFayette (within shouting distance of this marker); Fuller Earle Callaway, Sr. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Nancy Harts (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Michael Troup (about 500 feet away); Troup County Academy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lynching in America / Raising a Voice Against Racial Violence (approx. half a mile away); Bellevue (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in LaGrange.
 
Lafayette Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 19, 2013
2. Lafayette Marker
Lafayette Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 19, 2013
3. Lafayette Marker
Lafayette Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 19, 2013
4. Lafayette Marker
The citizens of LaGrange rededicated the Statue of Lafayette on February 23, 2001, after a completed restoration by the City of LaGrange. In attendance were the Rotary Clubs of Le Puy-En-Valay, France and LaGrange, Georgia.
Lafayette Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 19, 2013
5. Lafayette Marker
Lafayette Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 19, 2013
6. Lafayette Marker
This park is dedicated to the builders of LaGrange and Troup County 1943 AD
General the Marquis de Lafayette image. Click for full size.
September 5, 2015
7. General the Marquis de Lafayette
This portrait of Lafayette by an unknown American artist hangs in the Museum of the Historical Society of Maryland in Baltimore.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on December 20, 2013, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 668 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 4, 2023, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 20, 2013, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   7. submitted on November 7, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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