Marksville in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Solomon Northup, “Twelve Years a Slave”
Solomon Northup, a free man of color from New York, was lured to Washington, D.C. in 1841 and kidnapped into slavery. Brought to New Orleans, he was sold to spend 12 years as a slave in Central Louisiana arriving on the Red River in Alexandria. After 2 years in Rapides, he was then sold to Edwin Epps, a small planter, on Bayou Boeuf in Avoyelles near present Bunkie area, where he labored as a slave for 10 years. Sam Bass, an itinerant carpenter and native of Canada, who came to work at the Epps place, helped to send a letter to New York about his whereabouts. In December 1852, Attorney Henry Northup of New York came to free Northup with the help of the Avoyelles Sheriff. In January 1853, he was released with the help of Marksville Attorney John Waddill and Judge Ralph Cushman in the Avoyelles Parish Courthouse. Northup then left Marksville via the Red River eventually returning to New York where he wrote his famous slave narrative, "Twelve Years a Slave."
Erected by Avoyelles Commission of Tourism.
Location. 31° 7.649′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 312 North Main Street, Marksville LA 71351, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Founding Of Marksville (here, next to this marker); Laborde Building (a few steps from this marker); The First Bowie Knife (a few steps from this marker); Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort De Russy (within shouting distance of this marker); Bailey Theater (within shouting distance of this marker); J. Horace Ducote Law Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Mayer Hotel Site (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marksville.
More about this marker. Located in front of the Avoyelles Parish Courthouse.
Categories. • African Americans • Antebellum South, US • Arts, Letters, Music • Notable Persons •
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