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​​​​​Founded  & Operated by Descendants of

Solomon Northup - author of

Twelve Years a Slave,​​

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Descendants Attend

Dedication of Slave Marker 

Solomon Northup,

New Orleans, LA

Event and marker created by

Edna Jordan Smith

​​​​​​​​Additional  Solomon Northup Foundation and Descendants Keeping the Flame Burning

can be found   In The News,  &   Previous Events on this website.

​Lynn Jackson, Regina Mason, Vera Williams and Rhonda Brace descendants of

Dred Scott, William Grimes, Solomon Northup, and Jeffrey Brace are well-known African Americans who suffered under and fought against slavery. 

To explore the lives, struggles, and legacies of these extraordinary men who were also courageous antislavery activists;

The Lapidus Center for Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery has gathered a unique panel, not of scholars,

but of descendants who will share the inspiring journeys of their families.


 Black History Month - 2016

 Church of Scientology National Affairs Office, Washington, DC

Why Black History is Everyone's History - Panel Discussion
Panelist: Ms. Vera Williams, Founder and President Solomon Northup Foundation

Panelist: Mr. Justin Northup Gilliam, CEO, Solomon Northup Foundation

Panelist: Mr. Charles "Chuck" Hicks, "Mr. Black History" DC Black History Celebration Committee

Panelist: Dr. Frank Smith, Founder and Director

African  American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum

​​Saving Shockoe Bottom - Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality hold Press Conference
On Thursday, Dec. 10, designated by the United Nations as Human Rights Day, people with

special ties to Richmond history held a press conference in Richmond at the site of

Lumpkin's Jail to press the case for a nine-acre Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park.  

Event attended by descendant Vera Williams, see Shockoe Bottom

NORTHUP TRAIL Forum and Launch     
Welcome by Bunkie Mayor and Solomon Northup Descendants
Dr. Jerry Sanson, Dr. Christopher Stacey, Guest Speakers
Unveiling of Trail Signage by Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne @ Bunkie Depot 
Caravan to four trail marker sites ending at Epps House @ LSU-Alexandria 
Avoyelles Parish Police Jury, City of Bunkie, City of Marksville,

City of Alexandria, Bunkie Chamber of Commerce, 
Marksville Chamber of Commerce,
Bunkie Service League and La Commission des Avoyelles 

​​Reclaiming our Ancestors Workshop, University of Buffalo
Descendants of slaves gather including SOLOMON NORTHUP DESCENDANT Vera Williams  
and descendants of Dred Scott (Lynn M. Jackson),  Moses Grandy (Eric A. Sheppard),

Jeffrey Brace, (Rhonda Brace),  Lewis G. Clarke (Carver Clark Grayton), William Grimes

(Regina E. Mason), Venture Smith  (Susie & Gina Ryan and Corinne Henry Brady) and

William P. Hogue (Tammarrah Lee) 

Sons and Daughters of the U.S. Middle Passage Hereditary Society

1st Annual Conference 

Solomon Northup Descendants

Key Note Speaker  

Reaching Back to Move Forward 

Connecting to Our Enslaved Ancestors


Broaddneck African-American Heritage Project, Inc., Annapolis, MD
A Long Overdue Story - "From Slave to Civil War Soldier to Freedom" - By Dianne Cross
Mt. Olive Community Life Center, 2 Hicks Avenue, Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Church of Scientology National Affairs Office, Washington, DC
Welcome:  Beth Akiyama, Executive Director 

Film Screening - The Story of Human Rights

Discussion - Eric Sheppard, Descendant of Moses Grandy - President, Diversity Restoration Solutions, Inc.,

Film Screening - Freedom & Slavery in the Great Dismal Swamp

Special Presentations: His Excellency Sheikh Omar Faye, Ambassador of The Gambia to the United States


The Honorable Mr. Benejamin A. Roberts, Minister of Tourism & Culture of The Gambia

Lapidus Center for Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center, NYC

 Video of Event - Click Link Below   

Presents - Reclaiming Our Ancestors

Preserving Solomon Northup's Legacy