Solomon Northup Biography
Birthday: July 10, 1807 (Cancer)
Born In: Minerva, New York
Solomon Northup was a famous American abolitionist, who attained unprecedented levels of fame following the publishing of his memoir ’12 Years a Slave.’ His heartbreaking story has been the core idea behind the Academy Award-winning film ’12 Years a Slave.’ Born and brought up in New York as a free African-American, he worked as a farmer and a violinist. An aspiring musician, he was offered a job in Washington D.C. where slavery was still legal in mid 1800s. He was drugged there and sold as a slave, and sent to New Orleans where he worked as a slave for 12 years. His luck prevailed and he met a Canadian on one of his plantations, who studied his past and helped, and after years of being wrongly held as a slave he was finally freed in 1853. Once he attained freedom, Solomon spent the remaining of his life working towards diminishing slavery, and travelled across the country to spread awareness. He died around mid-1860s; the details of his demise have remained a mystery until now.