In the picture above is the actual grave of Solomon Northup's father's grave. His name was Mitus Northup. Mitus took the name of his previous owners name. Mitus was later freed when his owner passed away, so when Solomon was born he was born into freedom. Among the many interesting things about his father is the fact that he was able to vote like any other white male from that time.
Solomon Northup was a free-born African American from Saratoga Springs, New York. He is noted for having been kidnapped in 1841 . When he arrived with his supposed employers to Washington, DC, they drugged him and sold him into slavery. From Washington, DC, he was transported to New Orleans where he was sold to a plantation owner from Rapides Parish, Louisiana. After 12 years in bondage, he regained his freedom in January 1853; he was one of very few to do so in such cases.