Posted at: 10/23/2013 12:04 PM
By: WNYT Staff
12 Years A Slave opens at Spectrum Theatre November 1
ALBANY - More than 100 people gathered in Albany Monday to watch a new movie based on the life of a Saratoga County man.
A lot of big name actors signed on to be part of the story of Solomon Northup, who spent 12 years of his life trying to prove he was born a free man.
It is a narrative about slavery that few people 'may' be familiar with and that is that not all African Americans were born slaves.
Soloman Northup was one such man. He lived in Saratoga county and earned a living a a lumber jack.
“He actually had a contract business to make money” says Clayton Adams.
Clayton Adams is the great, great, great grandson of Solomon Northup and says he also learned to play violin, a talent that would play a role in this free man, getting kidnapped and sold into slavery.
Now that story is playing out on the 'big' screen, with several 'major' actors, including Brad Pitt, supporting the project.
“It’s not until I saw Solomon Northup's story that I fully grasped the utters horror of having your freedom taken, stolen and splitting their family” says Adams.
Unbelievably, Northup was able to regain his freedom and wrote his autobiography, ‘12 Years a Slave’ in 1853,
Clayton Adams says while he had been told of his great, great, great grandfather's perseverance as a child, it wasn't until he was in college that he understood the significance of what Solomon Northrup did.
“It wasn't until I read his book, amazing to me that I didn't even know” says Adams.
Tonight's preview of the movie is at the Spectrum Theatre and is sold out.
'12 Years a Slave,' opens at the Spectrum on November 1st.