Meet Adam Francis Plummer from Edmonston

Adam Francis PlummerAdam Francis Plummer, who was born into slavery in 1819, grew up on the Calvert family’s Riversdale plantation. He was educated by an itinerant minister and kept a diary from 1841 until his death in 1905. Now in the care of the Smithsonian, it is considered the only living diary of a slave in US History. In 1870, Plummer had saved enough money to buy 10 acres of land in what is now the town of Edmonston, making the Plummer family its first permanent residents. Long thought lost, it was first revealed to the public in a Smithsonian ceremony in 2003 and is a riveting first person account of a man who lived 44 years in slavery, and another 42 years free.

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