'12 Years a Slave': Portraits of Solomon Northup's Descendants: THR joined together five generations from the family tree of the Oscar-nominated drama's real-life protagonist in three different cities.
Solomon Northup ~ (July 1808–1863?) an American and author of the memoir "12 Years a Slave." A free-born African American from New York, he was a farmer, violinist, and land owner in Hebron, New York. In 1841 he was kidnapped and enticed to Washington, D.C. (where slavery was legal). After his ordeal he became an active abolitionist, lectured on slavery throughout the northeastern US and aided fugitive slaves on the Underground Railroad. (link to electronic edition)