a Creole business man, philanthropist human rights activist
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
. He was born poor, but was a free person of color.He started out selling cakes to workers, opened a small store, was a school reacher at a time and became successful at money lending and real estate investment. He was an opponent of slavery and supported racial integration in schools.
Lafon is mostly known for his large donations to the American Anti-Slavery Society, the Underground Railroad, the Catholic School for Indigent Orphans, the Louisiana Association for the Benefit of Colored Orphans and other charities for both blacks and whites.In his will he also gave funds to locals charities and the Charity Hospital, Lafon Old Folks Home, Dillard University and the Sisters of the Holy Family, an African-American nun order.
The Thomy Lafon school was called "the best Negro schoolhouse in Louisiana"