Solomon Northup was born a free man in Minerva, NY, July 1808. Solomon was a literate man who worked on the Champlain Canal. While working as a cabbie and violinist in Saratoga Springs, he was abducted, 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 about his ordeal. It is believed he traveled throughout the region selling his book and speaking out against slavery and was himself an abolitionist. Although Mr. Northup sought to bring his captors to trial, they were never prosecuted and he mysteriously disappeared. To date, his burial site has not been identified and it is not known whether or not he was killed, re-captured or died of natural causes. The city of Saratoga Springs has installed a marker near his capture site and since 1999, Renee Moore established the annual event Solomon Northup Day,
This event is celebrated third Saturday in July each year with descendants and has been recognized by the City and the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association, Plattsburgh. These annual educational program have focused on New York's African American history of the Underground Railroad.
The event was honored by Congress at the Library of Congress in year 2000 as part of their Local Legacies Bicentennial Celebration. Currently open to public, celebrated third Saturday in July; Skidmore College is the designated site for the event as of 2013.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: Renee Moore, POB 3187, Saratoga Springs, 12866
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Renee Moore
Location Type: Program
Freedom Seekers: Solomon Northup