Auburn, N.Y. - A New York college professor will give a talk on the 19th-century memoir "12 Years a Slave" at an upstate museum linked to Solomon Northup's story of enslavement and eventual freedom.
Richard Newman, professor of African-American history at the Rochester Institute of Technology, will give his talk Wednesday night at the Seward House Historic Museum in Auburn.
Museum officials tell The Citizen of Auburn that the Seward House and the Finger Lakes city have a direct connection to the slave memoir that was the basis for the Oscar-winning film of the same title.
Then-New York Gov. William H. Seward signed the 1840 legislation that allowed agents to reclaim the kidnapped Northup from slavery on a Louisiana plantation. Northup later detailed his ordeal in "12 Years a Slave," first published in Auburn in 1853.