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Emancipation Days Feature Oscar Winning Story
and Family; Annual Event to be Held in Peterboro
on August 2nd and 3rd
Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark Press Release

In November 2013 when Melissa Howell, descendant of Solomon Northup was asked to speak at the 2014
Peterboro Emancipation Days, little did anyone suspect that her great, great, great grandfather’s 160 year old
biographical book Twelve Years a Slave would win the 2014 Academy Award for Best Motion Picture of the Year.
With five producers, including Steve McQueen and Brad Pitt (who also acted in the film) the film, and people
associated with it, won many other awards, scooping up members of the current Northup family in the momentum.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, August 2 at the Smithfield Community Center (5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro NY
13134) Howell, her mother Shirley Howell, and her aunt Irene Northup-Zahos will discuss the film, the effects it had
on the Northup family, and other experiences and opportunities that have come forth from the film. Howell will
proudly display the University of Southern California Scripter Award conferred on Northup as the author of the
written work upon which the Academy Award winning screenplay was based. Howell is also the founder of The
Solomon Northup Legacy1808.

Howell’s aunt Irene Northup-Zahos, a retired nurse, is involved in family research and writing – including a
publication on her grandfather John Henry “Zip” Northup, a professional Negro League baseball player. At the
Solomon Northup Day Celebration of Freedom at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, Zahos will unveil the
replacement head stone of Solomon Northup’s father Mintus Northup.

On Sunday, August 3 at 2 p.m. David Fiske, a genealogist and local history researcher who has devoted years of
research to Solomon Northup and his family, will present Rescued from Slavery: The Story of Solomon Northup.
Fiske is author of Solomon Northup: His Life Before and After Slavery, and co-author of the 2013 book Solomon
Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave. Northup was a free black man living in
Saratoga Springs, NY when in 1841 he was lured away from home and sold as a slave. After twelve years as a
slave in Louisiana, Northup was rescued and returned home to New York. After writing a book about his
experiences (Twelve Years a Slave) Northup traveled around the Northeast  giving speeches on those twelve
years. He also helped fugitive slaves escape to Canada. Fiske will include connections of Northup to Central NY,
including an early appearance in Syracuse City Hall in 1853 at a commemoration of the Jerry Rescue, and in
Mechanics Hall in Utica, as well as information about the New York State law that freed Northup.

Information about the New York State law that freed Northup.

These two Solomon Northup afternoon programs are part of the 2014 Peterboro Emancipation Days which begin
at 8:00 p.m. August 1st Friday evening at the Smithfield Community Center (Site of the inaugural meeting of the
New York State Anti-slavery Society in 1835 at 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro NY 13134) with a free
showing of the 2013 movie 12 Years a Slave with an optional discussion facilitated by Norman K. Dann PhD.

At 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 2nd the morning reception and registration for 2014 Emancipation Days will begin
at the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark (5304 Oxbow Road, Peterboro NY 13134). At 10:30 Jim
Corpin and Max Smith, co-chairs of the event, will lead the Annual Tent Meeting of announcements, plans, and
singing,  followed by a procession to the Peterboro Cemetery to lay one wreath at the grave of Gerrit Smith and
one wreath at the grave of William Sims, a person born in slavery who died free.  Sims was freed from slavery in
1841 when Ann and Gerrit Smith sent an agent to Kentucky to find Harriet Sims Russell, William’s daughter.  The
Smiths paid for freedom, legal transportation, and support for a new life for Harriet, her father, her husband, and
five children. Descendants of William Sims will be at the wreath laying on a new gravestone funded by a generous
donor. Thirty-five star flags will be installed at the graves of the African-Americans who served in the Civil War.

At 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 3rd at the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark Norman K. Dann PhD
will lead a discussion on Northup’s autobiography Solomon Northup: Twelve Years a Slave.

The public is encouraged to attend all or parts of 2014 Emancipation Days. Admission to the 2:00 p.m. programs
with the Northup family on Saturday and with author Fiske on Sunday is three dollars for adults for benefit of
Emancipation Day, and free for students. All other programs are free.  For more information on the speakers,
Solomon Northup, and Emancipation Days contact: 315-280-8828 and info@gerritsmith.org