- A Community Celebration -

This event, founded in 1999, includes an art exhibition, book display, and other historical and educational programs about Solomon Northup history, the abolitionist movement, the underground railroad and local African-American history and culture. This event has continued to supply a platform for writers, authors, academia and descendants for 15 years. Historians, academia, clergy and performers with a mid-program reception are a part of this educational program.

Additionally, this celebration also takes place in Plattsburgh, NY on an alternative date in conjunction with the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association.

More information about Solomon Northup can be obtained through the following:
In 1999, former Mayor J. Michael O'Connell proclaimed Solomon Northup Day and an historical marker was placed at the corner of Congress and Broadway along with an exhibit panel inside the Visitor Center commemorating Mr. Northup's life created by Renee Moore, and Lillian B. Horne, of Albany. At this event, approximately 40 Northup family descendants from four states, including matriarch Victoria Northup Linzy Dunham, age 90.

On May 23, 2000 as part of the Bicentennial Local Legacies project, Ms. Moore and other Americans [along with Maryanne Fitzgerald, City Historian] were honored at a reception in the Library of Congress (LOC) Great Hall, Washington, DC. The story of Mr. Northup is now apart of the permanent archives of The Library of Congress Folklife Center. These projects are documented for their merit and contribution to the community and are featured as a testament to the uniqueness of our nation and to the pride of its citizens in their heritage.

Under the leadership of former Mayor Kenneth Klotz, in 2002, the Saratoga Springs City Council approved "Solomon Northup Day" as the third Saturday in July.
This Year:
This 15th year, July 20, 2013, the event took place at Filene Hall, Skidmore College, received international attention and was attended by more than 50 descendants some of whom were meeting each other for the first time. Film actresss Lupita Nyong'o appeared and spoke about how attending this event gave even more meaning to her role in the film. Regency Films and FoxSearchlight premiered never seen before segments of the film with a special message from UK director Steve McQueen; produced by Brad Pitt, 12 Years a Slave due for release November 1.

Page revised December 2, 2013, with text submitted by Renee Moore.

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