New York Times Corrects Article About “12 Years A Slave” – 161 Years Later


Photo Credit: Five Borough Films

Photo Credit: Five Borough Films

As the saying goes “Everything happens in due time”. Who would have thought it would take about 161 years later? On January 20, 1853, the New York Times published an article about Solomon Northup, the free African American man whose memoir was memorialized in the Oscar winning film, “12 Years a Slave”. However, the article referred to him as Northrop in the body of the article and Northrup in the headline. Both spellings of his name were incorrect. Today, The New York Times published a correction for the article and all of the thanks goes to Twitter and Rebecca Skloot, for bringing this matter to the light. Rebecca Skloot, author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” tweeted “Yesterday I posted that the 1853 Solomon Northup article misspelled his name. NYT has issued correction. The irony of course is that I’m a terrible speller and proofreader”.

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