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The Fascinating Story Of James Armistead Lafayette

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AFRICANGLOBE - James Armistead Lafayette was the first African American double spy. An African American slave, Armistead was enslaved by William Armistead in Virginia during the American Revolution. James Armistead took the surname of Lafayette to honor General Lafayette, whom he served under in the Revolutionary War. Because Slave-owners seldom kept records of the births of the people they enslaved, it is unclear exactly when and where James Armistead was born, but most records agree that he was born in 1748 in Elizabeth City, Virginia.
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