About Solomon Northup Day
The mission of this event is
An audience member at Solomon Northup Day 2013
- to publicly acknowledge the contributions of Solomon Northup, along with a testament to the peculiar circumstances that placed him in history,
- to give citizens an opportunity to appreciate first-hand how Solomon Northup’s case and terrible circumstances can lead to a greater benefit of positive change for the larger community,
- to remember that the sacrifices made have strengthened our community so we must never forget, and
- to honor Solomon Northup, celebrate diversity, and highlight the Black community of Saratoga Springs, New York.
Founder, Solomon Northup Day—A Celebration of Freedom
Founder's Web site: www.solomonnorthupday.com
1999 - Solomon Northup Day founded by Saratoga Springs resident and Skidmore College alumna Renee Moore
1999 - Historical marker placed on Broadway to mark the area where Solomon Northup's abduction took place
2000 - Solomon Northup Day receives recognition by the Library of Congress Bicentennial Local Legacies Project
2002 - Third Saturday in July recognized as annual Solomon Northup Day.
2007 - Solomon Northup Day recognized by National Parks Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program
2013 - Skidmore College takes over coordination of Solomon Northup Day events