YORKTOWN, Va., June 6, 2017 — “Slave Spy: The Story of James Lafayette,” an original one-act play combining live performance with film, will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, in conjunction with the opening of “AfterWARd: The Revolutionary Veterans Who Built America.”
James Lafayette, an enslaved African American from New Kent County who successfully spied on the British for the American forces, spent much of his life after the war seeking his own liberty from slavery.
He is among key historical figures featured in the special exhibition opening June 10 through November 27, which chronicles the post-war lives of veterans of the Siege of Yorktown.
“Slave Spy,” a half-hour play written and directed by Abigail Schumann, an Emmy® Award-winning producer and script writer, features narration of Lafayette’s story interspersed with videotaped segments wherein the audience meets other characters. The production was commissioned by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and supported with a gift from Harry and Judy Wason.
Admission is free; advance reservations recommended at (757) 253-4572. The “AfterWARd” special exhibition will be open 6-7 p.m. prior to the performance and until 8 p.m. following the play.
“Slave Spy” is among a dozen programs, public lectures and presentations, made possible in part by Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, presented in conjunction with the special exhibition from June through November.
About the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (until 6 p.m. June 15-August 15), the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located at 200 Water Street, in Yorktown, Virginia, near Yorktown Battlefield. The special exhibition is included with museum admission: $12.00 for adults, $7.00 for ages 6-12, and free for children under age 6.
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia that also operates Jamestown Settlement. A combination ticket to both museums is $23.00 for adults, $12.00 for ages 6-12.
Residents of York County, James City County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive free admission to both museums with proof of residency.
For more information about “Slave Spy” and the “AfterWARd” special exhibition, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838 visit https://jyfmuseums.org/yorktown-victory-center/afterward/.