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Floyd Cooper Storytime with Puppets A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette
October 30, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDTFree
Told for the first time in picture book form is the true story of James Lafayette―an enslaved person who spied for George Washington’s army during the American Revolution.
After his resounding defeat at the battle of Yorktown, British General Charles Cornwallis made a point of touring the American camp, looking for the reason behind his loss. What he didn’t expect to see was James, an escaped enslaved person who had served as a guide to the British army. Or at least that’s what Cornwallis was led to believe. In fact, James wasn’t actually a runaway―he was a spy for the American army.
But while America celebrated its newfound freedom, James returned to slavery in Virginia. His service as a spy hadn’t qualified him for the release he’d been hoping for. For James the fight wasn’t over; his next adversary was the Virginia General Assembly. He’d already helped his country gain its freedom, now it was time to win his own.
Floyd Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in The Blacker the Berry and a Coretta Scott King Honor for Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea and I Have Heard of a Land. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Cooper received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and, after graduating, worked as an artist for a major greeting card company. He lived for many years in Easton, PA. His many beloved books form a lasting legacy.