Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Story of slave, spy, veteran comes to American Revolution Museum

(Courtesy Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

The story of a slave who played a critical role in the American Revolution will be featured in Yorktown this weekend.

“Slave Spy: The Story of James Lafayette” is an original one-act play that combines a live performance with video footage, according to a press release from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

The half-hour play will be presented at the American Revolution museum in Yorktown Saturday, June 10 at 7 p.m.

“Slave Spy” tells the tale of James Lafayette, who was a slave from New Kent County who successfully spied on the British forces on behalf of Americans. 

According to the release, Lafayette spent much of his post-war life seeking his own freedom.

Emmy Award-winning producer and script writer Abigail Schumann wrote the play, which was commissioned by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and supported by a donation from Harry and Judy Wason.

The American Revolution Museum will be presenting the post-war stories of revolutionary veterans through Nov. 27.  The “AfterWARd: The Revolutionary Veterans Who Built America” series will begin with Lafayette’s story.

Admission to the play is free with but advanced reservations are recommended by the foundation.

For more information about “Slave Spy” and the “AfterWARd” special exhibition, click here, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838.

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