The New York Times Prints a Correction to 12 Years a Slave Story, 161 Years Later

03/04/2014 at 12:50 PM EST

'New York Times' Prints '12 Years a Slave' Story Correction 161 Years Later
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave
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Better late than never.

The New York Times's 1853 story on the subject of this year's Best Picture Oscar winner, 12 Years a Slave, was all over the Internet this week. And a reader quickly noted that the Times spelled Solomon Northup's name incorrectly. Twice.

So the paper printed a correction, more than 160 years later.
The New York Times Prints a Correction to 12 Years a Slave Story, 161 Years Later| 12 Years a Slave, The New York Times, Around the Web

The New York Times's correction to a 161-year-old story about Solomon Northup

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The "Twitter user" in question was Rebecca Skloot, the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. But don't count on any more error-spotting from Skloot:



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