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New movie has Louisiana ties

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KNOE 8 News/KALB)- "12 Years a Slave" is the memoir of Solomon Northrup, a free African-American man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery.

Northrup was purchased by a man from Rapides Parish and was eventually sold to Edwin Epps- a Bunkie native- where he spent much of his life until he was released.

The book has now been turned into a major motion picture that includes stars like Brad Pitt, and it hits theaters in limited release on Friday.

Also being released in the near future- an exhibit on the life of Edwin Epps and Solomon Northrup at LSU-Alexandria.

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