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    • 10 May 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 9th Street entrance, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
    • 198

    CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF PROSPECT PARK LAFAYETTE STATUE

    Commemorates Unveiling by French Dignitaries During WWI

    On May 10 the American Friends of Lafayette will host a wreath-laying ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the unveiling of Prospect Park’s sculpture of Lafayette, French hero of the American Revolution, accompanied by an African-American servant.

    Date: May 10, 2017

    Time: 4 PM

    Location: 9th Street entrance, Prospect Park, Brooklyn

    RAIN OR SHINE

    Created by Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial, the Lafayette Memorial was unveiled on May 10, 1917 by members of the French War Commission including Prime Minister René Viviani and Marshall Joseph Joffre, former Commander of the Western Front. Coming a month after the U.S. entered WWI, the event drew thousands of onlookers to the streets of Brooklyn waving French and American flags and made the front page of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

    The sculpture has since gained attention for its inclusion of a black servant who might be James Armistead, a slave who served as a spy during the Battle of Yorktown. Lafayette helped James to win his freedom in recognition of his service to the American Revolution.

    The wreath-laying will feature brief remarks by: Anne-Claire Legendre, Consul General of France in New York; Jonathan Kuhn, Director of Art and Antiquities, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation; and Laura Auricchio, author of The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered (Knopf, 2014). Representatives from the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, Lafayette College, and the Prospect Park Alliance will be present and are expected to offer remarks.


    • 08 Jun 2017
    • 11 Jun 2017
    • Bethlehem, PA

    Our 2017 annual meeting will be in Bethlehem, PA and Easton, PA at Lafayette College from June 8th to 11th.  This will be an exciting gathering as we have put together an itinerary chock full of Lafayette-related sites, exclusive tours, informative speakers, great food and a twist!!!

                 Per usual, we have scheduled a touring day on Friday, visiting three very interesting Lafayette-related sites...

    On Saturday, we will breakfast at Allan P. Kirby's Chateau Chavaniac, just north of the Lafayette campus.  This 1930s-era structure was built to resemble Lafayette's birthplace.  We will then conduct our business meeting at the lovely Skillman Library at Lafayette College.  We will lunch at the library and then...

                 Our "twist" this year is to provide a more social, interactive and scholarly afternoon on Saturday.  We have three speakers lined up who will provide new insights about Lafayette.  The talks will be informal with time for audience interaction.  We will also have a chance to peruse the Special Collections, chock full of Lafayette artifacts. Dinner that evening will be in the Wilson Room of the Alumni Center of Lafayette College, which has a striking rendering of General Lafayette in stained glass.  Spending the whole day at the college will allow members to socialize, study and relax without interruption.


    ($200 per attendee + $10 per attendee optional "Brunch with Barb")

    Click here for full details.
    • 18 Oct 2017
    • 19 Oct 2017
    • Yorktown, VA

    We will unveil the brand new Lafayette Statue as he stands proudly on the Yorktown Waterfront with General Washington and Admiral De Grasse.

    AFL leads the wreath laying at the French Cemetery at 8:15am.


Here are some pictures taken at the 2016 Yorktown Day (Yorktown Victory Celebration). This is a very popular event with AFLers. Over 50 members attended this year's cocktail party on Wednesday night. Next year, the AFL is the lead organizer for Yorktown Day. We are planning some exiting additions to the traditional YDA program! Make your hotel reservations now!

Yorktown Victory Celebration 2016

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