Upstate NY events celebrate author of '12 Years a Slave'

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Posted: Jul 15, 2016 12:07 AM

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — Events focusing on the life of the author of "12 Years a Slave" are being held this weekend in the upstate New York communities where he lived before his pre-Civil War enslavement.

The 18th annual Solomon Northup Day is being coordinated by the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association.

Northup was born in the Adirondacks in Essex County and grew up in Fort Edward in Washington County. He was working as a musician in Saratoga Springs in the early 1840s when two white men lured him to the South where he was kidnapped and sold into slavery.

Northup spent 12 years as a slave before he was freed. A movie based on his autobiography won the Oscar for best picture in 2014.

Saturday's events include a walking tour in Fort Edward and a Northup exhibit in Schroon Lake.