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Seneca County: Dedication of two new historical markers will take place in coming weeks

Seneca County will unveil two new roadside historical markers in the coming weeks.

The first dedication will take place on Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m. at the Fayette Volunteer Fire Department. The marker will be placed at the birthplace of Robert S. Duncanson, the first internationally-recognized Black landscape artist, according to Finger Lakes Times. Duncanson was born in Fayette in 1821. After the ceremony at the fire station, a caravan will drive on West River Road to view the Duncanson marker.


The second dedication will take place on June 8 at 3 p.m. at Lafayette Park in the village of Waterloo. The marker is placed in recognition of Marquis de Lafayette’s June 8, 1925 stop in Waterloo on his way from Canandaigua to Syracuse during his farewell tour of the United States. Lafayette was a French military officer who commanded American troops in several battles during the American Revolution.

The marker also commemorates the tragic death of Captain Jeheil Parsons, who died when he ignited a cannon that then exploded while accompanying Lafayette on the trip.



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