|Emily Saunders Plummer|
The diary provides a window into African American society during the 19th and 20th centuries. It reveals the strength, character, composition, and cohesion of a black family during slavery and into Jim Crow. The diary is a living document that aids the family and others in the construction of identity as the history of the family and associated narratives of struggle and subsistence are detailed.
Most of the entries in the Diary of Adam Francis Plummer are of dates of events, such as births and deaths, receipts, correspondence, or inventories, like Adam's possessions. The inventories often include the prices he paid for the items listed. These entries help us understand the conditions in which the authors lived and tell us about the people and things they valued.
The family donated the diary to the Anacostia Community Museum in an effort to preserve it for future generations and to increase the accessibility of it so as to educate the public about American history as experienced by the Plummer Family. You may read the diary here.