The Epps House exhibit will be open to the public beginning on November 14.
Louisiana State University Alexandria is pleased to announce the opening of the Epps House exhibit. The ribbon cutting for Epps House: Solomon Northup’s Gateway to Freedom is set for Thursday, November 14 at 11:00am. The ceremony will be held at the Epps House located along Acorn Drive on the LSUA campus.
“The Epps House is an important reminder of a tragic episode that cost Solomon Northup twelve years of his freedom, but gave him the opportunity to tell an important story about slavery from a very rare perspective. The museum will be a useful addition to campus because it is always helpful if history students can see artifacts that help explain the concepts that we study in class,” says LSUA history professor Jerry Sanson.
The permanent exhibit includes documents related to Solomon Northup, information on former LSUA history professor Dr. Sue Eakin who was instrumental in bringing the Epps House to LSUA, maps related to the Northup Trail, folk art from the period and digital displays where visitors can listen to music written by Northup.
According to LSUA Archivist Michelle Riggs, “The Epps House stands as a symbol simultaneously of Solomon Northup’s enslavement and of the restoration of his freedom. Dr. Sue Eakin envisioned the house becoming a Center for Plantation Studies, a place where scholars could research all aspects of life on a plantation. It is altogether fitting that LSUA should hold an exhibit that would honor both the story of Solomon Northup’s struggle to survive slavery as well as Sue Eakin’s lifelong study of that story.”
The exhibit will be open to the public on a weekly basis from Thursday through Sunday and from noon until 4:00pm. It will also be open by appointment and will be free of charge to visitors.
Please join us for the ribbon cutting and for a first look at the new exhibit.