New York Magazine ran a piece Monday about how the New York Times covered the real life story of Oscar Best Picture winner “12 Years a Slave” in 1853.
The film is based on an account from Solomon Northup, who was kidnapped and put into slavery for more than a decade.
NY Mag published the entire account, which is only available if you’re a NYT subscriber.
Quickly someone noticed there was something off about the 1853 piece.
Take a look at a clip from the piece tweeted from NYMag to see if you can find the mistake:
The Times had two big spelling errors. Northup’s name was misspelled in both the title as Northrup and throughout the rest of the piece as Northrop.
The Times issued a correction 161 years later in today’s edition after it was brought to the paper’s attention on Twitter.
Here’s the correction from the Times:
Even NYMag made an oversight of the spelling, as Northup is currently referred to as Northrup on its site.
You can read the full piece on NYMag.
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