- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

NEW YORK — The New York Times has printed a correction for misspelling 161 years ago the name of a free black man who was sold into slavery and whose memoirs were turned into the Oscar-winning movie “12 Years a Slave.”

In a Jan. 20, 1853, article, the Times misspelled Solomon Northup’s surname as Northrop and as Northrup.

The Times corrected Northup’s name on Tuesday, after the errors were pointed out by someone looking at its archives.


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Northup was born in New York and was kidnapped and sold as a slave in 1841. He spent the next dozen years in Louisiana before regaining his freedom.

“12 Years a Slave” won the Oscar for best picture at the Academy Awards on Sunday. It starred Chiwetel Ejiofor as Northup.