HERO OF TWO WORLDS: AS A SYMBOLIC EDUCATOR, LAFAYETTE HAS FEW, IF ANY PEERS IN AMERICA March 18, 2014
THE EMBLEM OF LAFAYETTE COLLEGE, EASTON, PENNSYLVANIA; THIS PRESTIGIOUS EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1826, ONLY ONE YEAR AFTER LAFAYETTE'S TRIUMPHANT TOUR OF OUR YOUNG REPUBLIC IN 1824-1825.
CIRCA 1910, LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL IN LAFAYETTE, INDIANA.
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA, LAFAYETTE, IS HOME OF THE 'RAGIN' CAJUNS', WHOSE FANS CLEARLY LOVE THE TEAM'S BRIGHT RED COLOR!
THE LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL IS IN WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA, NOT FAR FROM THE FAMOUS BATTLEFIELD OF YORKTOWN, VIRGINIA, WHERE THE BRITISH UNDER CORNWALLIS SURRENDERED TO GENERAL WASHINGTON, GENERAL LAFAYETTE AND COMTE DE ROCHAMBEAU ON OCTOBER 19, 1781.
According to some preliminary research conducted by Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, it turns out that there are at least 74 public schools, six private schools, and two universities named Lafayette. (For a selected list of educational institutions named after Lafayette, see http://1.usa.gov/1oqtwu6 )
Any American history buff already knows that Lafayette adopted America as his country during his military service in our fight for independence, that he looked up to General, and later President, Washington as his father, and that he even named his son, George Washington Lafayette, after his beloved friend, but who would have imagined that so many public educational institutions – elementary to high school to college and university – would be christened after this remarkable Frenchman?
Lafayette’s reputation was further enhanced, and his name seared into our national consciousness, during his triumphal tour in 1824-1825, when he visited every single state in the then still young American Republic.
And to think, none of these school names, his living legacy, or his heroic example would have been possible without the courage Lafayette displayed when he embarked from Rochefort, France aboard the Hermione frigate, which carried him to our country in 1780.
During 2014 and 2015, Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America are reaching out to educators, educational institutions and other interested parents and students to engage them, and interest all Americans, in the inspiring example of Lafayette and the values he so ably represented during his entire life, including self-determination, independence, freedom, and human rights.
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