The Solomon Northup Legacy Screenings Part 2: Solomon Northup’s Odyssey

1984 – Drama


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Sunday, January 27


  • Ticket Price Includes Q & A with Northup descendants directly after the movie: $10.00: $10.00

Presented with The Solomon Northup Legacy: 


“The movie is a well made and fascinating look into the experiences of a free man who found himself trapped into the institution of 19th century slavery. Director Gordon Parks and star Avery Brooks proved to be the driving force in a first-rate movie that was at times entertaining, horrifying, educational and especially poignant.” – Lady Lavinia 1932’s Blog 

Based on the autobiography Twelve Years a Slave, the film relates the story of Solomon Northup, a black freedman who, in 1841, was kidnapped in Washington D.C. and sold into slavery. Avery Brooks stars as Northup, who spent a dozen years in servitude in Louisiana before managing his escape. Northup’s own written words bespeak a rebellious spirit not far removed from the firebrand freedom fighters of the ’60s. Curiously, director Parks downplays this in favor of sentimentality. Under its original title, Half Slave, Half Free was originally telecast December 10, 1984, on PBS.

Genre: Drama   Rating: NR  Runtime: 113 min      Language: English

Q & A right after the film, with a descendant of Solomon Northup, Melissa Howell. A portion of proceeds will be contributed to the installation of the Derby & Miller Historical Marker that was dedicated in July. 

This film is presented as part of The Solomon Northup Legacy’s celebration of the 165th Anniversary Year of Solomon Northup’s freedom from slavery and publication of his narrative in Auburn in 1853.