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Lafayette Playground

Lafayette Ave. bet. Malcolm X Blvd. and Patch Ave.

Brooklyn

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

Lafayette Square is named in honor of the prominent French statesman and military leader Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Montier Lafayette (1757-1834). Also known as Marquis de Lafayette, he is best remembered for his role in the Revolutionary War. Sympathetic to the American cause, he aided the colonists through the provision of experienced military leadership. The Frenchman quickly became a favorite of General George Washington, who appointed him Major General in the Continental Army during 1777. The next year, Lafayette returned to France following the formal agreement of the France/United States alliance against Great Britain. Once in France, he actively lobbied for the allotment of increased military and financial aid for the Colonies. In 1780, Marquis de Lafayette returned to America and served valorously in the Virginia campaign, which forced the surrender of Lord Charles Cornwallis in 1781.

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Lafayette Playground Weather

  • Sun
    Partly Sunny
    52°F
  • Mon
    Rain Likely
    68°F
  • Tue
    Breezy
    55°F
  • Wed
    Chance Rain
    42°F

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