NYT corrects 161-year-old article about Solomon Northup

After "12 Years a Slave" won Best Picture at the Academy Awards Sunday, The New York Times tweeted a gem in its archives: An 1853 account of Solomon Northup's kidnapping. A user on Twitter noticed a problem with the article, which the Times corrects today:

An image from "12 Years a Slave" (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Jaap Buitendijk)

An article on Jan. 20, 1853, recounting the story of Solomon Northup, whose memoir “12 Years a Slave” became a movie 160 years later that won the best picture Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night, misspelled his surname as Northrop. And the headline misspelled it as Northrup. The errors came to light on Monday after a Twitter user pointed out the article in The Times archives. (The errors notwithstanding, The Times described the article as “a more complete and authentic record than has yet appeared.”)

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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