July 20, 2013
You are invited to join us for the 15th Annual Solomon Northup Day: A Celebration of Freedom, on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Filene Hall, Skidmore Campus, Saratoga Springs, NY. This event will take place from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. This year 4 generations of descendants are committed to attend as well as historians, educators, musicians, and invited guests from NY, MD, PA and Montreal, Canada. There will be poetry, dance, film, music and food.
There will also be a film preview of Brad Pitt's "Twelve Years a Slave".
Solomon Northup was born a free man in Minerva, NY, July 1808. While working as a cabbie and violinist in Saratoga Springs, he was kidnapped, held in a slave pen in Washington, DC, and sold into slavery in Louisiana for 12 years before regaining his freedom. Citizens of Saratoga and surrounding areas were instrumental in arranging for Solomon's release in 1853 and return to Saratoga. Mr Northup published his autobiography "Twelve Years a Slave" in 1853. The city of Saratoga Springs has installed a marker near his capture site.
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