OUR MISSION

The mission of Lafayette Alliance is to inspire, illuminate, unite, and entertain the people of
LaGrange, Troup County, and beyond about Lafayette and his legacy.

celebrating our heritage

bringing our community together through history

Inspire

One person can change the world. Cicero said all virtues hinge first on gratitude; Aristotle said courage foremost. Lafayette speaks to both.

Unite

Liberty, equality, and justice are verbs. They take work. Lafayette believed them to be at the heart of the idea of America.

Illuminate

One person can be heroic. It takes perseverance. It takes vision. Lafayette owned both.

Entertain

Lafayette’s story is an adventure through and through, seasoned with friendship, disappointment, and moments of grandeur. It’s swashbuckling great fun.

Our Journal

bringing history to life

The more we know about Lafayette, the more we understand our present world and nation. Those who publish articles bring differing perspectives and opinions to the life and legacy of Lafayette.

Statue of Lafayette in LaGrange, GA

The statue of the Marquis de Lafayette in LaGrange was cast from an original in LePuy-en-Velay, France near where Lafayette was born.

 

It depicts the Marquis in his French National Guard uniform holding aloft a cockade of red, white, and blue. A cockade was a ribbon worn in one’s hat to signify an affiliation.

 

Dr. Waights G. Henry, Jr., President of LaGrange College, initiated the project in 1974 which was backed by the Callaway Foundation. The statue was erected in 1975 as a tribute to the Marquis and to the Bicentennial of the American Revolution.

 

It is on permanent loan to the city from LaGrange College.

Statue of Lafayette in downtown LaGrange GA