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Friday, March 10

Solomon Northup’s Middlebury Connection

Gallery Talk
Time: 12:15pm
Location: Middlebury College Museum of Art, Cerf Gallery

Bill Hart and Amy Morsman, Associate Professors of History

In conjunction with the Museum’s portraits of Henry Bliss Northup (Middlebury Class of 1829) and his wife Electa, Associate Professors of History Bill Hart and Amy Morsman will discuss their respective research projects on the Northup family and their dramatic place in the story of race, slavery, and freedom in antebellum America. They will be joined by Melissa Surrette ’16 and Elizabeth Sawyer ’19, students who assisted them in their projects. Henry’s kinsman Solomon Northup, whose memoir 12 Years a Slave provided the narrative basis for the eponymous Academy Award-winning film (on view in the MCA the same evening), holds a significant place in their investigations. This event is part of the Fridays at the Museum lecture series.

oil on canvas portrait of Henry Bliss Northup