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Dr. Paul Coreil talks about the capital campaign for the new LSUA Success Center


Epps House will be closed for repairs until further notice. Thank you for your patience.

Eileen and Cynthia Jackson and Vera Williams--descendants of Solomon Northup--gather to honor their (? times) great-gran...

Eileen and Cynthia Jackson and Vera Williams--descendants of Solomon Northup--gather to honor their (? times) great-grandfather at the unveiling of the new historic marker at the Avoyelles Parish Courthouse in Markville.


"CHANGING LANDSCAPES: Jan Beauboeuf ALONG THE SOLOMON NORTHUP TRAIL" - Exhibit on loan from the Alexandria Museum of Art and presented in association with the Avoyelles Commission on Tourism to honor the freedom of Solomon Northup. EXHIBIT AND UNVEILING OF HISTORIC MARKER TO TAKE PLACE THURSDAY JANUARY 4, 2018, COURTHOUSE SQUARE, DOWNTOWN MARKSVILLE.


Epps House Museum will be open Thursday and Friday, December 21 and 22 but will close for Christmas December 23 and 24. Merry Christmas, from our house to yours. We hope to see you in the new year.


This weekend, join us as we indulge in C-Span Cities Tour of Saratoga Springs, NY, once home to Anne & Solomon Northup. Highlights will include an interview with historian and author David Fiske who has written 3 books on the Northup legacy.

Tune in:
Saturday, December 16 at 12:00 pm ET to C-Span 2

Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 pm ET to C-Span 3


The sun is again shining on Central Louisiana, and the Epps Houses will open for regular business today at noon.


As campus goes, so goes Epps House. Stay safe, y'all. We'll be here when the storm passses through.


Epps House is closed today due to heavy rains from Tropical Storm Harvey. We hope you'll visit soon, and our thoughts are with those affected by this storm.


Good almost afternoon, Central Louisiana! If you're headed out for a visit today we ask for your patience; we're running just a little behind schedule today. Thank you, and enjoy your visit!


As we recognize the contributions of J.C. Derby today on his 199th birthday, we must also remember Derby's contribution to the publication of Solomon's remarkable story of freedom, slavery and rescue published in the central New York by publishers Derby & Miller on July 15, 1853.

Though the attention of his life story has been devoted to the years of torturous slavery in Louisiana and later to ascertain the whereabouts in which Solomon lays at rest, it is the years after his rescue which provide another humanistic layer to a man who is referred to greatly as a 'former slave'.

Solomon Northup evolved from his 12 years as a free man kidnapped into slavery to that of an historically-acclaimed & award winning author, lecturer and playwright. To judge a man by his character these attributes alone would categorize him as an educated intellectual with a liking for literature and the arts. Perchance such qualities would have warranted him a position in society or if time were to find him in the early 1920's, he would be referred to as a renaissance man.

In the years which followed Solomon's rescue, he was propositioned to pen his memoirs as a slave. During this time, Sol was also beginning to lecture at public events throughout New York State, New England and into Canada sharing his story of tragedy- as both a warning and as abolitionist of a movement. This new labor to fight the system of slavery and the mistreatment of citizens propelled Solomon to a higher level of intellectualism and moreso that of selflessness, as he assisted his fellow kindred in their plight for freedom in the Underground Railroad to Canada. It is these years which have been researched and written upon by Northup researchers David Fiske, Dr. Clifford Brown and Rachel Seligman. However, there is a great deal left to the unknown about Solomon's doings from 1853 to the 1860's and the impact these experiences may have had upon him and others involved. It is logical to believe that he was a changed man having been wrongly enslaved in 1841. However, with this new journey of search and rescue came at a cost- one that may have cost him his family that he so longed to be reunited all those years on the Red River. To our misfortune, a sequel to "Twelve Years A Slave" by Solomon Northup was disqualified more than 160 years ago when writer, lecturer and abolitionist Solomon Northup disappeared from the landscape.


Epps House will be closed Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you visit another day.


This segment from the November 22, 2013, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Tika Laudun’s interview with Frank Eakin on the work of his late mother, Dr. Sue Eakin, in publishing the definitive version of Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir, “12 Years a Slave.” She also...


The director talks about avoiding an instructional tone to get at the human strength of Solomon Northup’s story.


Today we had the honor of welcoming a tour, led by Bunkie historian Meredith Brown Melançon, as part of the traveling Purchased Lives exhibit. Solomon Northup's great, great, great, great-grandson was present.


FREEDOM DAY: On this 164th anniversary of January 4, 1853, Solomon Northup was freed at Avoyelles Parish Courthouse in Marksville, LA. Henry B. Northup would be the lifeline he had sought to curtail his enslavement and at long last return home to his family.

He would then begin to pen a recounting of his tragedy in his world renowned memoir "Twelve Years A Slave" which has gone on to inspire both television and theatrical film adaptations. The latter would gone on to receive world acclaim and the coveted Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Screenplay Adaptation in 2014.

It is to Solomon's bravery and strength to persevere his twelve years of enslavement which would gift us this historic account of the slave trade and life as a slave.

To Solomon- Forever free.


Epps House will be closed January 1. We wish everyone a happy New Year.


Epps House will be closed December 24th and 25th. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday seaon.


Epps House will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but will re-open on Friday, November 25. Happy Thanksgiving to all as the nation celebrates this American holiday, and we acknowledge our gratitude for all that we have.


‎Carolyn LaCroix DeVille‎ to Epps House
November 19 at 1:30pm ·
Yesterday 42 students from ASH came with their history and English teachers and toured Epps House. It was a delight to have them. They were well behaved, interested in the tour, asked very pertinent questions and were very knowledgeable about the story of Solomon Northup. They had just completed reading the book for their class. Also their teachers are planning to allow them to now watch the movie with their parent's permission. They had visited Forts Buhlow and Randolph state historic site prior to their visit here. It was a wonderful experience.


This Friday on Art Rocks!, host James Fox-Smith meets Alexandria artist Morris Taft Thomas, whose metal sculpture graces many Louisiana spaces. His work has been collected by former President Jimmy Carter, the late South African President Nelson Mandela, and Blues great B.B. King. Also a visit to the Epps House on the LSU Alexandria campus. Solomon Northup, who penned Twelve Years a Slave in 1853, helped construct the house before regaining his freedom. Art Rocks: Friday, October 21 at 8:30 pm and Saturday, October 22 at 5:30 pm on Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

Still blooming!

Still blooming!


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National show to feature artifacts of Solomon Northup Sun, 08/30/2015 - 02:18 By GARLAND FORMAN, Co-Editor Bunkie will be back in the national spotlight regarding 12 Years a Slave this Monday evening during the show, “Diggers.” The half hour show will air on the National Geographic channel and focus...


SOLOMON NORTHUP DAY in Washington, D.C., is September 24th, coinciding with his inclusion in the .

The Solomon Northup Legacy is honored to have played a role in this distinguished day of honor.


“Washington, DC has always been a pivotal foundation in the history of African-Americans. Like many important figures in our nation’s history, the District played a role in the life of Mr. Northup and we’re delighted to honor his legacy. With the creation of Solomon Northup Day, we’re ensuring that his story will be told for many years to come."

Come out and celebrate your legacy in Washington, D.C, in tribute to all men and women whose courage and ability to envision a future filled with possibilities have bequeathed us the fortunes of our time.

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Remembering David Wilson born on this Day in 1818; Ghostwriter of "Twelve Years A Slave".


Chair of Behavioral and Social Sciences Dr. Jerry Sanson and University Archivist Michelle Riggs will appear on an upcoming segment of Art Rocks on LPB. They will discuss the significance of Solomon Northup in antebellum Louisiana.

A step-by-step illustration of the construction of the Epps House by Kevin Harris, Builder, and M.D. Descant, Inc., Cont...

A step-by-step illustration of the construction of the Epps House by Kevin Harris, Builder, and M.D. Descant, Inc., Contractors.


Announcement: Epps House will be closed on Saturday August 20th, and Sunday August 21st due to the air conditioning unit being out at the time. We will re-open for our regular business hours on Thursday August 25th at 12:00 p.m. We apologize for this inconvenience.


Don't forget tonight's special talk Archiving Lives by Michelle Riggs, archivist for LSUA and Meredith Melancon, independent historian. The talk begins at 6:00pm in Epps House on LSUA's campus. Hope to see y'all out here!


Carolyn LaCroix DeVille to Epps House
June 24 ·
Since November, 2015 we have had 425 visitors to Epps House. This includes people from New York, Canada, California, England and many other places. I had the pleasure of visiting with Solomon' relatives, Eileen Jackson 3X great granddaughter and Andre Rivers 4X great grandson on June 4,2016. We had 3 schools come this year at the end of the school year for field trips to Epps House and I already have a Charter School from Baton Rouge booked for the coming school year. Things are going great for Epps House! On top of that, Sarah Black has given me some flyers to give out about the Solomon Northup Trail that are very informative and especially geared for the geocaching participants! Have a great summer!


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