Instead of modern day Britain, the setting was the 1700’s during The American Revolutionary War. Lafayette, a slave at the time, was tapped to serve as a spy for the Americans after gaining entry into the British Forces. It was his direct efforts that led to the turning of the tides, making victory all but certain for America.
Even after his efforts, earning his freedom would not be so easy. He’d be denied his first appeal on a technicality, a total affront to what was a true veteran. After garnering support from other noteworthy figures from the war who’d witnessed his efforts, he’d finally be awarded his emancipation.
This would prove to be a wealthy endeavor for him and his family, as it was successful well beyond his passing.
James Armistead Lafayette would go on to have a renowned legacy often cited in historical works. From art, to literature, and more, his story has served as an incredible tale of heroism and triumph. Though the era he comes from may feel forgotten, the impact of his efforts could never be.
It takes a true strength and discipline of mind, body, and spirit to do what Lafayette managed to do in his lifetime. He’s a source of inspiration to anyone fighting through what seems like unfair circumstances. His story is a testament to what a person can accomplish even under the most challenging of circumstances.