In this still from "12 Years a Slave," we see Edwin Epps (plantation-owner and "Master") threatening Patsey (an extremely hard-working slave) in the presence of Solomon Northup (whose slave name was "Platt"). Image, copyright, Summit Entertainment, Regency Enterprises, River Road Entertainment, Film4 and Plan B, all rights reserved. Provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the film.
The hope of rescue
was the only light
that cast a ray of comfort
on my heart.
"12 Years a Slave"
In 1841, a black freeman named Solomon Northup passed through Washington City, on his way to slavery in the South. He did not walk through town along Pennsylvania Avenue, like so many other black people who marched there, single file, in slave coffles.
A violinist, among other things, Solomon had been duped by two white men who offered him the promise of employment with a circus.
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