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Historic Epps House to be Rededicated Oct. 20

Released: 10/14/2010

The historic Epps House at LSU Alexandria, a landmark in Solomon Northrup’s narrative “Twelve Years a Slave,” will be rededicated after reconstruction Wednesday with lunch on the grounds from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited, and there is no cost to attend.

The house originally was built by Edwin Epps on Bayou Boeuf near Holmesville about three miles from its current location. Epps was an overseer at Oakland Plantation, the site on which LSUA opened in 1960. The Epps House was moved to the university through the efforts of the late Dr. Sue Eakin, acclaimed historian and author and long-time member of the LSUA faculty.

Northrup, a freeman from New York, was abducted into slavery and owned by Epps from 1843-53 before legally winning his return to freedom. Northrup was one of the carpenters who constructed the Epps House.

The Epps House is located on Acorn Drive near The Oaks housing complex. Those who attend the ceremony should bring their own seating or blankets. The reconstruction was funded through the state.