Family Reunion: Descendants Of Solomon Northup Pose For The Hollywood Reporter

February 27, 2014  |  


From EurWeb 

The Hollywood Reporter recently brought together five generations from the family tree of Solomon Northup, whose story is depicted in the Oscar nominated film “12 Years a Slave.” [Click through to watch video of the gathering.]

Many in Northup’s direct lineage have known about their ancestor’s odyssey from an early age — he has been the subject of many a school project — and several return to his hometown of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., annually for the city’s Solomon Northup Day, which just celebrated its 15th year. Still, seeing their forefather’s ordeal on the big screen stirred fresh emotions and renewed hopes that Northup’s story — and, by extension, the personal experience of all slaves — will not be forgotten.“It was hard to watch, knowing it was someone who had a hand in creating me,” saysLeonard Holton Jr., 28, a fourth great-grandson of Northup who lives in Alexandria, Va.

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