- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Two upstate New York communities are hoping the Oscars won by “12 Years a Slave” will shine the spotlight on their roles in the life of Solomon Northup.

The film based on Northup’s account of being kidnapped into slavery in the 1840s won Oscars for best picture, best adapted screenplay and best supporting actress.

Northup was born in the Adirondacks and later lived and was married in Fort Edward. He was living in Saratoga Springs in 1841 when he was lured south by two white men and sold into slavery in Louisiana. He wasn’t freed until 1853.

Saratoga Springs holds an annual Solomon Northup Day, an event that will be organized starting this year by Skidmore College. The museum in Fort Edward is housed in the building where Northup rented rooms. The museum has been telling Northup’s story since 1975.