Famous like a Groundbreaking War-era spy for the Continental Military, this African-American man held the Marquis de Lafayette knowledgeable about the actions of American traitor Benedict Arnold and English commander Lord Cornwallis. In the first 1780s, while still a slave, he guaranteed the authorization of his grasp and became a member of the Continental Military. Upon securing his independence from slavery in 1787, he transformed his surname to Lafayette to honor the Marquis de Lafayette. Given birth to in Virginia, he spent his early years beneath the ownership of long term Home of Delegates member William Armistead. He and Nathan Hale had been both Groundbreaking War-era spies.