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NYT corrects '12 Years a Slave' story error from 1853 Published: March 4, 2014

The New York Times on Tuesday corrected an article it printed 161 years ago detailing the story of Solomon Northup, whose memoir Twelve Years a Slave was the basis of the film that won this year's Academy Award for best picture, according to USA TODAY.

The film tells his tale as a free-born, black farmer and violinist who was kidnapped by slave traders. Northup was living in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1841 when he was lured to Washington, D.C., kidnapped and sold in Louisiana. Northup spent 12 years on Louisiana plantations before regaining his freedom in 1853.

The correction says the newspaper misspelled Northup's last name two different ways. The Times credits a Twitter user for finding the errors.

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