Solomon Northup Day - A Celebration of Freedom
 

Solomon Northup

The 16th annual Solomon Northup Day, an afternoon of activities inspired by a powerful memoir of enslavement and eventual freedom, will take place on Saturday, July 19, 12:30-6 p.m. in Filene Recital Hall on the Skidmore campus.

 The story of Solomon Northup, a local African-American man abducted into slavery in 1841 and transported to Louisiana, is now known internationally thanks to the acclaimed 2013 film based on Northup’s autobiography, Twelve Years a Slave. But a grassroots effort to raise awareness of this compelling story has been going on for the past 15 years, in particular through Solomon Northup Day, an annual event launched in 1999 by Saratoga Springs resident and Skidmore College alumna Renee Moore.

This year’s event will feature presentations, panel discussions, music, children’s activities, film clips, and more. A large number of Northup descendants are expected to be in attendance, as well as descendants of Samuel Bass, the Canadian carpenter who assisted in Northup’s rescue by contacting the captive’s friends back home in upstate New York. [Read more.]


Schedule of events
July 19, 2014
12:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Filene Recital Hall, Skidmore College

 

Time

Event

12 noon - 7:00 p.m. Solomon Northup Exhibit open for visitors
12 noon - 12:30 p.m. Greetings, coffee and tea
12:30 p.m. Music by Henrique Prince; Dan Hubbs with Mark Tolstrup and Harold Shippey
1:00 - 1:15 p.m. Opening remarks

  • W. Rochelle Calhoun, Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs, Skidmore College
  • Joanne D. Yepsen, Mayor of Saratoga Springs
  • Timothy L. Harper, Master of Ceremonies; Associate Professor of Business, Skidmore College
  • Renee Moore, Event Founder
 

Acknowledgement of special guests

  • Descendants of Solomon Northup
  • Descendants of Samuel Bass
  • Tami Tyree, singer, actor, writer, and poet

1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Panel discussion on slave history

  • Don Papson, North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association
  • Paul Stewart, Underground Railroad History Project
  • Joshua Woodfork, American history scholar; Executive Director, Office of the President, Skidmore College
  • Brooke Hathaway, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

1:45 - 2:00 p.m. Musical selections by T.K. Blue 
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Keynote address
David Blight, 1954 Professor of American History, Yale University
2:00 - 3:45 p.m. Youth Program Activities

  • Charles Ipcar: Introducing the music of gospel singer Ella Robinson Madison
  • Arts and Crafts, with Idalia Sepulveda

3:15 p.m. Intermission
3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Musical selections by T.K. Blue  
3:30 – 4:10 p.m. Panel discussion on Solomon Northup, and response to keynote address

  • Rachel Seligman, David Fiske, and Cliff Brown—co-authors of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave
  • Paul McCarty, Director of the Old Fort Museum, Fort Edward, N.Y.

4:10 - 4:30 p.m. Remarks from Devyn Tyler, actress, 12 Years a Slave
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Remarks from the descendants of Solomon Northup
6:00 p.m. Closing remarks by Idalia Sepulveda, Academic Web Coordinator, Skidmore College
ANNOUNCEMENT: THERE WILL BE A GROUP PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN OF FAMILY MEMBERS AT THE END OF THE PROGRAM AND PRIOR TO THE RECEPTION. WE ASK THAT FAMILY MEMBERS REMAIN IN RECITAL HALL.
6:10 p.m. Reception, featuring musical selections by T.K. Blue
(lobby of the Bernhard Theater)

 Founder's Web site: www.solomonnorthupday.com

 

 

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