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New York Times Corrects A Story They Ran About 12 Years A Slave Subject 161 Years Later!

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Better late than never, we guess!

This week, The New York Times was informed about a mistake they had made regarding Solomon Northup, the man whose life story is told in 12 Years A Slave.

But their error wasn’t one that was printed recently. Hardly.

This mistake was made back in 1853!

161 years before the tale of his traumatic ordeal went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture, Mr. Northup was featured in an article in the NYT. And the paper misspelled his name!


A reader named Rebecca Skloot happened to find the typos while browsing the Times’ archives. After pointing it out to them, they printed this correction:

nyt correction

But if you think Rebecca deserves a job copyediting and proofreading for the paper, she wants you to know she’s not the woman for the job! She admitted in a tweet:

Not this time you weren’t!

Nice catch, gurl!

We’re happy Solomon finally got the correction he deserves!

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2 comments to “New York Times Corrects A Story They Ran About 12 Years A Slave Subject 161 Years Later!”

  1. ViDeGee says – reply to this


    Rebecca Skloot - same one that wrote "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks?"

  2. 2

    Your editor seemed to miss the fact that Rebecca Skloot is also the award-winning author of the very popular book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks".