MANCHESTER>> Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about the life of Solomon Northrup on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m. with R. Paul McCarty, Executive Director of the Old Fort House. The talk will be held at Burr and Burton Academy in the Hunter Seminar Room.
Solomon Northrup was a free African-American born in upstate New York. He moved with his family in the early 1810s to the Fort Edward area. Mr. McCarty's talk will focus on Solomon Northrup's life in the Fort Edward area and his subsequent kidnapping from Saratoga Springs where he and his wife were working. It will examine his experience as a slave in Louisiana, and his eventual return to the area after his freedom was secured.
Upon his return, in cooperation with local author David Wilson, he authored one the of the best-known slave narratives, 12 Years a Slave, which was the foundation for the Oscar-winning movie of the same name in 2014. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at greenmtnacademy.org.