Listen Live
97.9 The Box Featured Video

In 1841, Solomon Northup, a free Black man from upstate New York, was kidnapped and sold into slavery. On January 3, 1853, he regained his freedom. And yesterday, 161 years later, descendants of former slave released this touching video to commemorate that joyous day.

The world was introduced to Northup’s story in the Steve McQueen-directed film 12 Years A Slave, which hit theaters last October. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, the award-season favorite showed an unflinchingly brutal look at American slavery.

MUST READ: 2013 Golden Globe Nominations: Kerry Washington & ’12 Years A Slave’ Lead The Pack

MUST READ: Lupita Nyong’o Talks Breakout Role In ’12 Years A Slave’ & Adjusting To Fame

With the help of Fox Searchlight, the real-life great grandchildren of the film’s subject displayed their pride in being a part of the Northup bloodline in the new featurette, titled “The Faces of Solomon Northup,”

We can only image how proud Solomon Northup would be to see his legacy and family live on in 2014. Check out the touching YouTube clip below.

LIKE HelloBeautiful On Facebook!


Italian Distributor Apologizes For Using Brad Pitt’s Giant Face To Advertise ’12 Years a Slave’

Kanye West Explains What It Feels Like To Be ’12 Years A Slave’

Check Out This Gallery

Descendants Of ’12 Years A Slave’ Subject Solomon Northup Create This Powerful Video  was originally published on