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La. Treasures: Epps House (2016)

Art Rocks!



Genre: Art

Place Covered: Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, 31.1789978, -92.4163108

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2016-10-21

Duration: 00:03:51

Subjects: Northup, Solomon, 1808-1863? | Slavery | History | Epps House (Alexandria, La.) | Louisiana State University at Alexandria


  • Fox-Smith, James Host
  • Kendrick, Dorothy Producer
  • Riggs, Michelle Interviewee
  • Sanson, Jerry Interviewee


This “Louisiana Treasures” segment from the October 21, 2016, episode of the series “Art Rocks!” focuses on the Epps House on the campus of LSU-Alexandria. It includes an interview with Michelle Riggs, the archivist at LSU-Alexandria, who explains slave Solomon Northup’s involvement with the building of Epps House and its role in his publication of “12 Years a Slave.” This segment also includes an interview with Dr. Jerry Sanson, a history professor at LSU-Alexandria, who discusses why he teaches “12 Years a Slave” in his Louisiana history courses. Host: James Fox-Smith