Explore the Northup Trail Byway

The Northup Trail takes visitors along the path of Solomon Northup during his 12-year journey as a slave in Central Louisiana. Originally from New York, Northup was kidnapped, sold as a slave in New Orleans, and arrived in Alexandria in 1841 until he legally regained his freedom at the Avoyelles Parish Courthouse in 1853. The 83-mile trail follows his path through Rapides and Avoyelles Parishes and visits sites such as the Red River Landing where Northup disembarked the steamer Rodolf, the Epps House, the Bunkie Depot, and the Avoyelles Parish Courthouse.

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