Ohio center gets rare copy of ’12 Years a Slave’

Twelve years a slave

CINCINNATI (AP) – A first-edition copy of “Twelve Years a Slave” is going on display at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati as a film inspired by that narrative contends for an Academy Award.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports longtime supporters of the center gave it the 161-year-old volume. It’s the story of Solomon Northrup, a free black man from New York who was kidnapped and enslaved for years.

The center’s manager of exhibitions and collections, Cori Sisler, says there are about 200 copies of the first edition in the U.S. today. Three are among the Cincinnati library’s rare books.

Sisler says the copy at the Freedom Center is in good condition given its age and may be the only first edition version on permanent display.

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