Thanks to the new movie “12 Years a Slave,” many people around the world are learning for the first time about a man named Solomon Northup.
A free-born African American man from Saratoga Springs, New York, Northup was kidnapped in 1841, trafficked to the South, and forced into slavery. He eventually regained his freedom in 1853.
Of course, some people have known about Solomon Northup long before this new movie. Among them: Renee Moore of Saratoga Springs.
In the late nineties, Moore set out to make Solomon Northup Day an official city holiday in Saratoga Springs—and she succeeded. Beginning in 1999, and ever since, there’s been an annual holiday and educational programs in his honor, thanks to Moore.
She joins The Takeaway to explain who the man behind the movie is.