Community invited to discover the mystery | Local News

CLAREMONT — Did Jean Laffite really live his last days just down the street in Lincolnton?

Until now, a lot of mystery surrounded this infamous pirate and privateer. Ashley Oliphant and Beth Yarbrough will discuss their book, “Jean Laffite Revealed: Unraveling One of America’s Longest Running Mysteries,” and offer answers to questions surrounding this pirate’s end of life during an author visit to Claremont Branch Library Thursday, June 30, at 7 p.m.

This will be the second presentation and author tour that Oliphant and Yarbrough have provided to the Catawba County Library System, and it is expected to be a full house, just like at the library in the Sherrills Ford-Terrell branch last March. Oliphant and Yarbrough will have copies of “Jean Laffite Revealed” for sale at the event and will accept cash or credit cards.

“We are very pleased to offer another presentation on our discoveries related to pirate Jean Laffite in North Carolina’s Piedmont, because his newly discovered connection to the state is so important,” Oliphant said. “Our research journey, which took us to archival libraries, historical societies, museums and private collections in seven states over the course of two years, has established evidence that Laffite indeed spent the last years of his life in Lincolnton, North Carolina. North “

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This event is offered by the Claremont Friends of the Library, in partnership with the Catawba County Library System.

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