Watch Solomon Northup’s Descendants Discuss 12 Years a Slave and His Legacy

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Jaap Buitendijk

updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET

originally published 03/03/2014 AT 11:00 AM ET

Solomon Northup’s descendants gather in Los Angeles

Courtesy The Hollywood Reporter
The descendants of Solomon Northup, the subject of Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave and author of the book on which it’s based, gathered in Rochester, N.Y.; Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., for a series of photos organized by The Hollywood Reporter.

The family is divided across generations, locations and race. The oldest, Laura Linzy, is 79, and the youngest, Napathalyah Parker, is just 10-months-old.

“It was hard to watch, knowing it was someone who had a hand in creating me,” 28-year-old Leonard Holton Jr., a fourth great-grandson of Northup, told THR. He and Northup’s other descendants gather each year in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., for the city’s Solomon Northup Day, which just celebrated its 15th year.

“Growing up hearing the story and then seeing it gave me mixed feelings,” said Milan Linzy, 15, of Valencia, Calif. “I was upset because of what happened, but excited that I finally got to see this real thing.”

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