Epps House Exhibit to Open Soon

by Sarah Black | Sep 03, 2013
The exhibit at the Epps House is set to open in October.

Louisiana State University at Alexandria is proud to announce the upcoming opening of the Epps House Exhibit. 

The exhibit is located inside the Epps House on the campus of LSUA and will be open to visitors beginning in mid to late October and will be entitled, The Edwin Epps House: One man’s story, one woman’s dream and the plantation that brought them together.  There will be no cost for admission. 

The exhibit will include a room dedicated to the life and times of Solomon Northup.  Northup was a free man in the north before being kidnapped and sold into slavery.  Northup eventually worked on plantations in Rapides and Avoyelles parishes for 12 years before being rescued and returning home.  While still in slavery, he helped build the structure now known as the Epps House.  In addition, the exhibit features information about the Northup Trail as it winds from Avoyelles into Rapides Parish and links specific places that are central to the Solomon Northup story.

Other rooms in the exhibit focus on plantation life at the time and include artifacts and folk art from the period.  There is also information on Dr. Sue Eakin, a former LSUA professor, who dedicated her career to discovering more about Northup’s life.  In addition, there will be an audio/visual part of the exhibit which features music written by Northup along with other music from the period.    

The Epps House will be open Thursday through Sunday from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.  Volunteers are needed at the Epps House to guide visitors and answer questions.  If you are interested, please call LSUA at 445-3672 with your information.   

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