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  • Solomon Northup Day spotlights issue of slavery (Albany Times Union, 07/02/14)

    Judging by its roster of speakers, Skidmore College has fulfilled its pledge to turn the city’s annual Solomon Northup Day into an educational experience focusing on the powerful themes of enslavement and freedom. Skidmore will host the 16th annual Solomon Northup Day starting at 12:30 p.m. July 19 in Filene Recital Hall. Read more

  • Solomon Northup's story resonates in contemporary America (03/14)

    The tale of Solomon Northup was discussed by scholars from Skidmore and Union colleges in a presentation scheduled on March 19 at Skidmore’s Wilson Chapel. Read more

  • Solomon Northup Day revitalized by Oscar win (Saratogian, 03/14)

    The Oscars won by 12 Years a Slave are a triumph for black history, the film’s cinematic success and an opportunity for Saratoga to tell its role in the story, historians say. Read more

  • Skidmore takes lead role in Solomon Northup Day (03/14)

    The story of Solomon Northup, a local African-American man abducted into slavery in 1841, is now known internationally thanks to the acclaimed Fox Searchlight film based on Northup’s autobiography, Twelve Years a Slave. The story of Solomon Northup, a local African-American man abducted into slavery in 1841, is now known internationally thanks to the acclaimed Fox Searchlight film based on Northup’s autobiography, Twelve Years a Slave. But a grassroots effort to raise awareness of this compelling story has been going on for the past 15 years, in particular through Solomon Northup Day, an annual celebration launched in 1999 by Saratoga Springs resident and Skidmore College alumna Renee Moore. Read more

  • The forgotten history behind 12 Years a Slave (Sky News, 03/01/14)

    Sky News visits Saratoga Springs, the town where Solomon Northup lived before he was kidnapped into slavery in 1841 Read more

  • Retracing the Steps of Solomon Northup in Saratoga Springs (WAMC, 02/27/14)

    The story of Solomon Northup, a free man lured from New York and sold into slavery in 1841, is now known by a worldwide audience thanks to the Oscar-nominated film 12 Years A Slave. The film, directed by Steve McQueen, shares the title of the narrative written by Northup after his rescue in 1853. Read more

  • Descendants gather from across the country for 15th annual Solomon Northup Day (Saratogian, 07/13)

    The 12 years that Solomon Northup was a slave did not only affect the rest of his life. Saturday at Skidmore College, more than 40 of his descendants traveled from all over the country to celebrate the 15th annual Solomon Northup Day, and many shared how he has impacted their lives. Read more

  • Descendants of Solomon Northup gather at Skidmore College (Troy Record, 07/13)

    The 12 years that Solomon Northup was a slave did not only affect the rest of his life. Saturday at Skidmore College, more than 40 of his descendants traveled from all over the country to celebrate the 15th annual Solomon Northup Day, and many shared how he has impacted their lives. Read more

  • Ensuring the legacy of Solomon Northup (Daily Gazette, 07/13)

    When Renee Moore first heard Solomon Northup’s story of abduction into slavery and then his return to freedom, she wanted to share it with the world. She settled for Saratoga Springs. Along with the 15th annual Solomon Northup Day celebration, local author David Fiske wrote a book about Northup, Solomon Northup: His Life Before and After Slavery, which was published last year. He is following that with another book in collaboration with Union College professor Clifford Brown and Skidmore College’s Rachel Seligman, The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave.  Read more

  • Hollywood comes to town to celebrate Solomon Northup (Saratoga Wire, 07/13)

    One hundred and sixty years after Solomon Northup published his memoir, the darkest crevice of American history is being illuminated by the bright lights of Hollywood. Members of the 12 Years a Slave film’s cast and crew came to Skidmore, bringing with them a 2-1/2 minute-long trailer and an 8-minute “featurette” that included clips from the full-length movie and interviews with some members of the film community involved in the making of the movie. Read more

  • Event recalls kidnapping of Minerva native into slavery (Adirondack Almanack, 07/13)

    The 15th annual Solomon Northup Day: A Celebration of Freedom will be held on Saturday, July 20 from noon to 4 p.m. in Filene Hall at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. Read more

  • Solomon Northup Day: A Celebration of Freedom (New York History Blog, 07/13)

    The 15th annual Solomon Northup Day: A Celebration of Freedom will be held on Saturday, July 20, from noon to 4 p.m. at Filene Hall at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. Read more

  • Local history goes national (11/13)

    A love of history and a keen artistic sensibility have provided Rachel Seligman ’91, assistant director for curatorial affairs at the Tang Teaching Museum, with an unusual inspiration: Solomon Northup. The slave whose life story is the basis for the acclaimed motion picture was the focus of an exhibition that Seligman curated nearly 15 years ago. She has since co-written a well-regarded book on Northup that has been cited by noted scholars and used by consultants on the historically accurate movie. Read more

  • Saratoga Reads announces top book for 2012(11/12)

    Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a compelling account from the pre–Civil War era of the author’s harrowing descent into slavery and eventual rescue, has been selected by public vote as this year’s book of choice for Saratoga Reads, the community reading program now marking its ninth year. Read more