Northup correction printed 161 years later

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IOL pic mar5 Times-Northup Correction Associated Press This publicity image released by Fox Searchlight shows actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (centre) as Solomon Northup in a scene from 12 Years A Slave. The New York Times has printed a correction for misspelling Northup's name in an article 161 years ago. Picture: Jaap Buitendijk, Fox Searchlight Films

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The New York Times has printed a correction for misspelling 161 years ago the name of a free black man who was sold into slavery and whose memoirs were turned into the Oscar-winning movie 12 Years A Slave.

In a January 20, 1853, article, the Times misspelled Solomon Northup's surname as “Northrop” and as “Northrup”.

The Times corrected Northup's name on Tuesday, after the errors were pointed out by someone looking at its archives.

Northup was born in New York and was kidnapped and sold as a slave in 1841.

He spent the next dozen years in Louisiana before regaining his freedom.

The film 12 Years A Slave won the Oscar for best picture at the Academy Awards on Sunday.

It starred Chiwetel Ejiofor as Northup. - Sapa-AP

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