01/03/2014 04:34 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

Video Of '12 Years A Slave' Subject Solomon Northup's Descendants Will Take Your Breath Away

On this day in 1853, Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, regained his freedom.

His phenomenal story of strength and survival during slavery was captured in his memoir and turned into the movie: "12 Years A Slave." The movie has drawn attention to his life story to audiences across the globe.

In tribute to the anniversary of his freedom, Fox Searchlight released this incredible featurette showcasing his real-life descendants who live all over the country.

Watch the video above.


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