Solomon Northup (born July 10, c. 1807 or 1808) was an American abolitionist and the primary author of the memoir Twelve Years a Slave. A free-born African American from New York, he was the son of a freed slave and a free woman of color. A farmer and a professional violinist, Northup had been a landowner in Washington County, New York. In 1841, he was offered a traveling musician’s job and went to Washington, D.C. (where slavery was legal); there he was drugged, kidnapped, and sold as a slave. He was shipped to New Orleans, purchased by a planter, and held as a slave for 12 years in the Red River region of Louisiana, mostly in Avoyelles Parish. He remained a slave until he met Samuel Bass, a Canadian working on his plantation who helped get word to New York, where state law provided aid to free New York citizens who had been kidnapped and sold into slavery. His family and friends enlisted the aid of the Governor of New York, Washington Hunt, and Northup regained his freedom on January 3, 1853. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomon_Northup
Frederick Douglass was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, becoming famous for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings. He was born in Talbot County MD in February 1818. He died in Washington, DC in February 1895.
Sojourner Truth was an American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York in 1797, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son in 1828, she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man. She was born Isabelle Baumfree but changed her name to Sojourner Truth in 1843. She gave a speech in 1851 at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. It has been known as “Aint I A Woman?” She died in her home in Battle Creek Michigan in 1883.
In honor of Juneteenth, this month there will be quotes about Freedom from people who experienced the lack of it first hand. Starting the month of June with a quote from Ignatius Sancho who was a writer, composer and actor. He was born 1729 aboard a slave ship headed for New Granada. He was sold into slavery where be spend twenty or so years. Once free he worked with abolitionist to abolish slavery in the UK. He was also known as the first Negro Briton to vote which he did in 1174 and 1780. He died 1780 from illness and was known as the first Negro to be given an obituary in the British Press.