Alexandria in Rapides Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Edwin Epps House
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.
Location. 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.
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); 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. ¼ 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).
Categories. • African Americans • Antebellum South, US • Arts, Letters, Music •
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 63 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 8, 2018.