- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The New York Times has pulled an article from its archives that was written more than a century ago and issued a correction that makes clear the spelling of a man’s name.

A Jan. 20, 1863, article spelled the name of a black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, Solomon Northup, two different ways: Northrop and Northup, CNN said.

The error came to light because of the best picture Oscar awarded the film, “12 Years a Slave,” which told the story of Mr. Northup.

A Twitter user who was curious about the story in the film dug up the old New York Times article, CNN reported.

“The errors came to light on Monday after a Twitter user pointed out the article in The Times archives,” the correction read, CNN reported.


• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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