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Friends of Lafayette meet in Gloucester

The Gloucester Museum of History hosted the American Friends of Lafayette on Friday, June 11. The American Friends of Lafayette is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the legacy of the Marquis de Lafayette and educating others of his historic significance.

Founded in 1932 by Stuart Wells Jackson at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, the American Friends of Lafayette is comprised of over 400 members from around the states as well as Canada and France. Treasurer Chuck Schwam said that a majority of the group are Virginians.

Schwam said that this was the group’s first-time visiting Gloucester. He said that places like Gloucester have heavy Franco-American influence that date to the colonial era and find that some don’t even realize it. Part of what the American Friends of Lafayette do is they help educate others on the importance of the Franco-American Alliance that helped win the nation its independence.

The group educates through lectures, books and the raising of ...

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