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Solomon Northup

 
 
Solomon Northrup Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 10, 2011
1. Solomon Northrup Marker
Inscription.
Born 1808 A Free Man. Lured
from Saratoga, kidnapped &
sold into slavery, 1841;
rescued, 1853. Author,
"Twelve Years A Slave".
City of Saratoga Springs 1999

 
Erected 1999 by Saratoga Springs.
 
Location. 43° 4.71′ N, 73° 47.175′ W. Marker is in Saratoga Springs, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is on Broadway (New York State Route 9) near Congress Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saratoga Springs NY 12866, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Columbian Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); The 77th Regiment, New York Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker); Congress Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); New York State County Highway Superintendents Association (approx. 0.2 miles away); Standard Time (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bryan Home (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lincoln Bathhouse (approx. one mile away); Hall of Springs (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Saratoga Springs.
 
Regarding Solomon Northup. Solomon Northup was born a free man
Solomon Northrup Marker - Broadway in Saratoga Springs image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 10, 2011
2. Solomon Northrup Marker - Broadway in Saratoga Springs
in Minerva, New York, July 1808. Solomon was a literate man who worked on the Champlain Canal, was a carpenter and inventor. 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 Springs 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.

In 1999, former Saratoga Springs Mayor J. Michael O'Connell proclaimed Solomon Northup Day and an historical marker was placed at the corner of Congress and Broadway along with an exhibit panel inside the Heritage Park Visitor Center commemorating Mr. Northup's life. At this event, approximately 40 Northup family descendants from four states, including matriarch Victoria Northup Linzy Dunham, age 90.

In Saratoga Springs the annual
Solomon Northup Marker - Looking North Along Broadway image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 10, 2011
3. Solomon Northup Marker - Looking North Along Broadway
Solomon Northup Day is held the third Saturday in July at the Saratoga Springs Urban Heritage Park Visitor Center. This event includes an art exhibition, book displays, and other historical and educational information on the underground railroad and local community history.
 
Also see . . .
1. Presentation of the Northup Historical Marker, July 1999. Photo of Northup descendants assembled with Saratoga Springs Mayor O'Connell after the Presentation of a Northup Historical Marker in July 1999 (Submitted on December 11, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.) 

2. Solomon Northup: From Freedom to Slavery to Freedom Again. (Submitted on December 11, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
3. Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northrup, electronic version. (Submitted on December 11, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
4. Solomon Northup: His Life Before and After Slavery. Website for the 2012 book by David Fiske. (Submitted on February 15, 2012.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Solomon Northup Movie
As early as August 2011 word was out that Brad Pitt has joined the cast as producer of Steve McQueen’s upcoming adaptation of Solomon Northrup’s autobiography ‘Twelve Years A Slave.’ Pitt will be starring alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, who’s been
Solomon Northup as a Slave image. Click for full size.
By Twelve Years A Slave
4. Solomon Northup as a Slave
This drawing is from Northup's autobiagraphy, "Twelve Years A Slave"
cast as the lead, and Michael Fassbender, who previously worked with McQueen on ‘Hunger,’ and ‘Shame.’ At that time there were no details regarding either Pitt or Fassbender’s roles in the movie.
    — Submitted December 11, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.

 
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