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Solomon Northup Day

About Solomon Northup Day



The mission of this event is

An audience member at Solomon Northup Day 2013
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. 

-Renee Moore
Founder, Solomon Northup Day ®—A Celebration of Freedom
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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 - City of Saratoga Springs recognized Solomon Northup Day as annual third Saturday in July

2003 - Anacostia Museum, Smithsonian Museum honors Solomon Northup Day, guest speaker: Anthony Gaultieri

2007 - Solomon Northup Day recognized by National Parks Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program

2013 - Oscar winner Lupita Nyongo from film '12 Years a Slave' speaks at Solomon Northup Day

2014 - Skidmore College takes over coordination of Solomon Northup Day events

Historic sign commemorating Solomon Northup