Solomon Northrup: The Free Slave | Keeseville Column

Received an email from the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association concerning a new film series at the Plattsburgh Municipal Library located at 19 Oak Street for the next five Saturdays starting with Feb. 1. The films will start at 1 p.m. The Abolitionists part one and two start the first two weeks. Other movies include The Freedom Riders, Slavery By Another Name and The Loving Story. The movies are all free. The event is co-sponsored by North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association, Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, Plattsburgh Public Library and the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History.

The founder of the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association, Don Papson will present “Solomon Northrup: The Free Slave.” This presentation will be Wednesday, Feb. 12, at noon in the Stafford Theatre located on Clinton Community College. Northrup’s life story inspired the recent film, 12 Years a Slave which was nominated for nine Academy Awards. Papson was named winner of the 2012 Underground Railroad Free Press Prize. The event is free and sponsored by the CCC Cultural Affairs Committee.

Raffle Tickets for the North Country Honor Flight March drawings are still available. Clinton Community College Bookstore, down the road on Route 9, is also selling the tickets to anyone interested in buying some. Daily prizes are $100 with $500 prizes on Fridays unless a veteran wins in which case the prize will be double to $1,000. All proceeds go to the North Country Honor Flight.

Not wishing to jinx things but so far my new bird feeder has yet to be challenged by the squirrels who so far seem happy with the pickings available to them on the ground beneath the feeder. Been seeing a lot of birds lately as the snow is melting and more seeds are being exposed on the ground. My cat and I enjoy our quiet afternoon bird watching adventures very much until nap time. Enjoy your week.

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