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Twelve Years A Slave: The Road to Emancipation

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The book Twelve Years a Slave is the true story of a man whose life before, and after, slavery was spent along Lakes to Locks Passage. Born a free black man in the Lake Champlain region, Solomon Northup spent much of his young life working on farms and the Champlain Canal. He was considered a fine fiddler, and was able to earn a living playing. In 1841, Solomon was tricked into traveling to Washington DC, where he was sold into slavery and held captive for twelve years. Upon his return to his wife and family in Glens Falls, Solomon lectured on behalf of the abolitionist movement, telling about his experiences and the evils of slavery. Explore the landscape, history and heritage of Solomon Northup and the Champlain Line of the Underground Railroad.