Solomon Northup, the free born Adirondack man kidnapped into slavery who told his powerful story in “12 Years a Slave,” will be celebrated July 20 in Willsboro, N.Y.
Ironically, the small community of Peru played a part in Northup’s story. He once had a contract to ship Peru-grown lumber south on Lake Champlain to the Albany-Troy area. Northup did transport the lumber, but didn’t get paid, and then took George Washington Allen of Jabez Allen Road to court.
Details of this dramatic story, and much more, will form the basis of the Solomon Northup program at Willsboro Central School, sponsored by the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association.
Speakers include –
- Don Papson, the founder and past president of the Association, who has been researching and writing about the Solomon Northup story and other aspects of slavery and freedom for over a decade, will lead the program.
- David Fiske, recognized expert on Solomon Northup
- Renee Moore, researcher and activist, founder of Solomon Northup Day Celebration of Freedom
- Paul and Mary Liz Stewart, researchers and co-founders of Underground Railroad History Project
Free and open to all, the program begins at 5 p.m. at Willsboro Central SChool, 29 School Lane, Willsboro, NY 12996.
Solomon Northup Day will be celebrated Saturday, July 19, at Saratoga Springs.