“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Alexandria in Rapides Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Edwin Epps House

Edwin Epps House Marker image. Click for full size.
April 7, 2018
1. Edwin Epps House Marker
Inscription.  Completed in 1852 and owned by Edwin Epps, a former overseer of Oakland Plantation, the Edwin Epps House is located where LSU Alexandria stands today. This single story Creole cottage was originally built on Bayou Boeuf near Holmesville in Avoyelles Parish. The house was relocated to Bunkie, Louisiana in 1976 and to LSUA in 1999. Establishing himself as a planter, Epps owned Solomon Northup, who helped build the house. Epps was informed in this house that Northup, a slave he had owned for ten years (1843-53), was a kidnapped free man, who would be returned to his family in New York. After regaining his freedom, Northup told his story in the famous slave narrative "Twelve Years a Slave". His book inspired the documentary “Solomon Northup's Odyssey" and the movie "12 Years a Slave”.
Erected by Louisiana State University Alexandria.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgricultureArchitectureArts, Letters, MusicEducationSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1852.
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April 7, 2018
2. Edwin Epps House Marker
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31° 10.515′ N, 92° 24.887′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Louisiana, in Rapides Parish. Marker is on Water Tower Drive south of Middleton Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria LA 71302, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Epps House (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Epps House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oakland Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Headquarters 1st Calvary Division, Army of West La., May 8, 1864 (approx. Ό mile away); Oakland Plantation (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lecompte High School (approx. 6 miles away); Town of Lecompte (approx. 6.1 miles away); The Name Lecompte (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
More about this marker. Located on the campus of LSU-Alexandria (LSUA).
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 473 times since then and 160 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 8, 2018.

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