James Lafayette

James Lafayette (HMBLZ)

Location: New Kent, VA 23124 New Kent County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 31.069', W 76° 58.7'

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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.
Marker NumberWO 17
Year Placed1997
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 2:26pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 325167 N 4154156
Decimal Degrees37.51781667, -76.97833333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 31.069', W 76° 58.7'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 31' 4.14" N, 76° 58' 42.00" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 12008 Courthouse Cir, New Kent VA 23124, US
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