He was wounded at the battle of Brandywine, in Pennsylvania. He was a French General who helped America fight the British to gain Independence.
HIs name is all over the country, streets and parks carry his name. And he came from the aristocracy.
Lafayette Gilchrest loves jazz, funk, rock and even the blues, and is not from the aristocracy. Further, he is from Baltimore Md., does not speak French, and his roots are from Africa. He is black.
He is not a Mason (as general Lafayette was), has no park with his name on it, but has been in many a garden, changing its landscape; as in this summer when he and his group rode into the garden of the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Lafayette Gilchrist, (keyboard artist) is changing America, starting in Baltimore Md.