Solomon Northup “12 Years a Slave” Virtually Unveiled by Artist Marcus Brown’s Sculpture in the French Quarter

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Solomon Northup “12 Years a Slave” Augmented Reality (AR) sculpture unveiling will take place Jan. 4

WHERE: The neutral ground at the corner of Chartres Street and Esplanade Avenue and across the street from his inaugural Slavery Trails Sculptures.

WHEN: January 4, 2023. Solomon Northup gained his freedom on January 4th in 1853 after being kidnapped in 1841 and forced into slavery for 12 years.

WHO: Local Artist Marcus Brown introduces his latest Augmented Reality (AR) Sculpture that can be seen by accessing an app on your smartphone. Brown’s Slavery Trails Sculptures that were unveiled on Juneteenth 2022. Brown’s exhibits were featured in PBS’ News Hour and in Brown recently received an Honorable Mention for International Sculpture Center Innovator Award for his Slavery Trails (AR) sculptures.

HOW: Visit the site at the Solomon Northup “12 Years a Slave” Marker at the corner of Chartres Street and Esplanade Avenue and access the AR app using your smartphone. Once you anchor the app the sculptures will appear right in front of you. Instructions are provided on a plaque at the site.


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