Alexandria in Rapides Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Solomon Northup's Gateway To Freedom
Constructed in 1852 for the Edwin Epps' family, this single story Creole cottage was originally located on Bayou Boeuf near Holmesville in Avoyelles Parish. Relocated to Bunkie, LA in 1976, the house was moved to the LSUA campus in 1999 and reconstructed. Formerly an overseer for Oakland Plantation, where LSUA stands today, Epps established himself as a planter and slave owner. Epps bought Solomon Northup in 1843 and owned him for ten years. Northup helped build the house. Master Epps was informed inside this house that Northup was a kidnaped free man who would return to his family in Glens Falls, New York. Northup tells of his experiences in his 1853 book, Twelve Years a Slave, which inspired a 1984 documentary, Solomon Northup's Odyssey, and a 2013 movie Twelve Years a Slave.
Location. 31° 10.481′ N, 92° 24.847′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Louisiana, in Rapides Parish. Marker is on Water Tower Avenue north of Gregg Marshall Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria LA 71302, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Epps House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edwin Epps House Oakland Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Headquarters 1st Calvary Division, Army of West La., May 8, 1864 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Oakland Plantation (approx. 0.4 miles away); Town of Lecompte (approx. 6.1 miles away); The Name Lecompte (approx. 6.1 miles away); Smith's Landing (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
More about this marker. Located on the LSU-Alexandria (LSUA) campus, along the "Heart of Campus" Loop walking trail. Access from The Oaks Residence Hall parking lot.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 8, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 8, 2018.