July 3, 2014
Solomon Northup: ‘12 Years a Slave’ actress, panelists, descendants slated for July 19 events at Skidmore College

"Actress Devyn Tyler, from the Oscar-winning film “12 Years a Slave,” will give a personal account of her experiences making the movie during this year’s Solomon Northup Day activities scheduled for 12:30-6 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 at Skidmore College’s Filene Recital Hall."

By Saratogian
March 4, 2014
12 Years a Slave spotlights Saratoga's black history

 "Director Steven McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," which follows the adult life of African-American Solomon Northup, was named best picture at the 86th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday. Northup worked in Saratoga Springs' large 19th-century hotels and lived downtown with his wife, Anne, and three children. In March 1841, two white men lured him off Broadway, drugged him and sold him as a slave."


By Dennis Yusko
March 4, 2014
Skidmore takes lead role in Solomon Northup Day

"...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."

By Skidmore College News
March 3, 2014
Saratoga reflects on an Oscar winner

[Lupita Nyongo spoke at the 2013 annual Solomon Northup Day prior to her Best Supporting Actress Oscar of 2014.]

By Dennis Yusko
March 2, 2014
Solomon Northup's story was largely forgotten until '12 Years A Slave' — except by his family

"12 Years a Slave" tells the story of Solomon Northup, a free black man, a family man, and a violinist living in Saratoga Springs, New York in the mid-1800s."

By The Takeaway
March 1, 2014
The Forgotten History Behind 12 Years A Slave

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

By By Amanda Walker, US Correspondent
February 27, 2014
Retracing The Steps Of Solomon Northup In Saratoga Springs

David Fiske speaks about Solomon, WAMC radio

By Lucas Willard
October 14, 2013
Press Release - Local woman gets national attention for Solomon Northup Day established in 1999.

Ms. Moore initiated a 15-year effort to bring annual focus to the autobiography, Twelve Years A Slave the ordeal of Mr. Northup while celebrating African-American history and culture in Saratoga and the capital region and further to Plattsburgh, NY with the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association.

July 20, 2013
Descendants gather from across the country for 15th annual Solomon Northup Day

"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."

By Lucian McCarty, Saratogian News
July 10, 2013
Event Recalls Kidnapping of Minerva Native Into Slavery

"Northup was born a free man in what is today Minerva, Essex County, in July 1808. He was a literate man who worked on the Champlain Canal. While working as a cabbie and violinist in Saratoga Springs, he was abducted, held in a slave pen in Washington, DC, and sold into slavery in Louisiana for 12 years before regaining his freedom."

By Editorial Staff, Adirondack Almanack