Solomon Northup

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Mayor's Plan: Turn 12 Years a Slave Site Into Stadium

Solomon Northup's family opposes the ballpark plan

(Newser) - Solomon Northup, the subject of 12 Years a Slave, was held in a slave jail in Shockoe Bottom, once one of the busiest slave-trading districts in the country ... and now the mayor of Richmond, Va., where the site is located, wants to turn it into a baseball stadium. Descendants of... More »

12 Years a Slave Writer: Killed as Union Spy?

Solomon Northup vanished from history, and theories abound

(Newser) - Solomon Northup led an incredible life that inspired an Oscar-winning film, 12 Years a Slave—that much we know. But how Northup died remains a mystery that historians are still trying to solve, the AP reports. To recap, Northup was living with his family in upstate New York when two... More »

NYT Corrects 1853 Piece After 12 Years Win

Story misspelled Solomon Northup's name

(Newser) - The New York Times followed the Best Picture win for 12 Years a Slave by tweeting a link to an 1853 article on Solomon Northup, the film's historical subject. The original article's lead describes what is to follow as "a more complete and authentic record than has... More »

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