Solomon Northup Day 2014

Twelve Years a Slave Northup reunitedThe 16th annual Solomon Northup Day, honoring the Saratoga Springs historical figure and his story, is coming up July 16 July 19. And a program related to the day is back at Skidmore. From the lineup of events:

+ The keynote speaker is Yale professor David Blight, a historian and director of the university's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition.

+ Actor Devyn Tyler, who played Northup's adult daughter in 12 Years a Slave, will be there to talk about her experiences making the film.

+ Panel discussions with Northup researchers David Fiske, Clifford Brown, and Rachel Seligman -- who wrote Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave -- and Paul McCarty, director of Ft. Edward's Old Fort Museum.

+ A panel on the history of slaves with Don Papson, founder and past president of the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association; Paul Stewart, co-founder of the Underground Railroad History Project; Brooke Hathaway, manager of anti-trafficking programs at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; and Joshua Woodfork, former faculty member in Skidmore College's American Studies Department.

+ Performances from jazz saxophonist T.K. Blue; violinist Henrique Prince of the Ebony Hillbillies, and local musician Dan Hubbs and friends.

+ A "large number" of Northup's descendants are expected to be there.

The events are from 12:30-6 pm on Saturday, July 16 July 19 in Skidmore's Filene Recital Hall. They're free.

The memoir: Northup's memoir, Twelve Years A Slave, is available to read/download via the Internet Archive.

illustration from Twelve Years A Slave

Comments

This is great. Thanks for posting. Just a heads up: July 16 is on a Wednesday. Your post says Saturday. Can you update with the correct date? Thanks.

Editors: Right day, wrong date. It's been fixed. Thanks.

Hi There, I am the founder of Solomon Northup Day, Renee Moore, I will be speaking at the even as well.
Perhaps you can resend this article with more helpful information if you contact me directly.

Thank you, Renee Moore, www.solomonnorthupday.com

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