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Plummer-Arnold Family papers

Creator:
Plummer-Arnold family  Search this
Names:
Plummer-Arnold family  Search this
Plummer, Henry Vinton, 1844-1905  Search this
Extent:
1.44 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Letters
Certificates
Family papers
Photographic prints
Dvds
Letters (correspondence)
Place:
United States -- Navy -- Chaplain Corps
United States -- Armed Forces -- African Americans
United States -- Army -- Cavalry, 9th
Date:
circa 1880-2005
circa 2005
bulk 1880-1955
Summary:
The collection, spanning the late 19th century to 2005 with the bulk from circa 1880 to circa 1955, measures 1.44 linear feet and documents the daily lives and activities of the Plummer-Arnold family and the military career of Henry Vinton Plummer. The collection consists of 48 color and black-and-white photographs and a framed certificate, letter, and two DVDs regarding the honorable discharge of Henry Vinton Plummer. The photographs are undated.
Scope and Contents:
The Plummer-Arnold family papers span the late 19th century to 2005, with the bulk of the material dating from circa 1880 to circa 1955. The collection contains 48 black-and-white and color photographs, one letter, one certificate, and two DVDs. The black-and-white and color photographs, mostly undated, depict the daily lives and activities of descendants of the Plummer and Arnold families. The collection also features a letter, certificate, and DVDs relating to the honorable discharge of U.S. Army chaplain Henry Vinton Plummer (1844-1905). The collection is organized into two series, Series 1: Family photographs and Series 2: Henry Vinton Plummer military service.
Biographical/Historical note:
The Plummer-Arnold family has a long and notable history. Adam Francis Plummer (1819-1905) and Emily Saunders Arnold (1815-1876) were enslaved African Americans who married in 1841. The couple was separated on different Maryland plantations for the first 22 years of their marriage. They had eighteen children, only nine of whom survived to adulthood. Their eldest son, Henry Vinton Plummer (1844-1905), escaped slavery in 1862 to become a Civil War chaplain and founder of the Bladensburg Union Burial Association. His descendents' successful battle to upgrade his 1894 dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Army is documented in this collection.

In 1862, Henry Vinton Plummer escaped from a Maryland plantation to the District of Columbia, where he joined the Union Navy as a chaplain. He was honorably discharged in 1865 and began his studies at Wayland Seminary, which educated freedmen to enter the Baptist ministry. Upon completion of his studies he became the pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church in Bladensburg, Maryland, founded by his sister, Sarah Miranda Plummer, on October 19, 1866. Henry Vinton Plummer married Julia Lomax of Virginia in 1867 and their marriage produced nine children.

Henry Vinton Plummer founded the Bladensburg Union Burial Association in 1870, a society that ensured that its African American members would receive a proper funeral by collecting dues and pledges. It was formed in response to a white undertaker's refusal to conduct a funeral because the family of the deceased could not afford to pay. Plummer interceded on behalf of the family and paid their debt. The Bladensburg Union Burial Association remained an active and successful organization into the 20th century.

In 1884, Plummer was appointed as the first black chaplain in the 9th Calvary, one of the Buffalo Soldier units of the Regular Army. Amidst controversy, Plummer was accused of conduct unbecoming an officer and dishonorably discharged from his post in Fort Robinson, Nebraska, by a military court in 1894. In 2005, Plummer's descendants successfully petitioned the Army Board for Correction of Military Records to eradicate his dishonorable discharge. They were issued a certificate from the Army that retroactively grants Plummer the honorable discharge he was denied during his life.
Related Archival Materials note:
These Smithsonian collections and digital exhibits contain related material:

Plummer-Arnold Collection, Permanent Collection, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. The Bladensburg Union Burial Association records, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Reverend L. Jerome Fowler. Plummer Diary Website Project, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution. For a description of the preservation of the diary, see the Smithsonian blog post "A Sense of Place."

These items held by the Smithsonian are related material:

"Out of the Depths or The Triumph of the Cross" by Nellie Arnold Plummer, Gift of the descendants of Adam and Emily Plummer. Plummer Family Diary, Gift of the Descendants of Adam and Emily Plummer. United States flag Of Henry Vinton Plummer, Gift of the descendants of Adam and Emily Plummer.

These items are held outside the Smithsonian:

Interview with Reverend L. Jerome Fowler, PTIP Interview Transcripts, Center for Heritage Resource Studies, Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Images of America: Riverdale Park by Donald Lynch, Tom Alderson, and Melissa Avery, Arcadia Publishing, 2011.
Provenance:
The Plummer-Arnold family papers were donated to the Anacostia Community Museum on October 14, 2004, by Reverend L. Jerome Fowler.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for unrestricted research. Use of the collection requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Rights:
The Plummer-Arnold Family papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Topic:
Fraternal organizations  Search this
African American women  Search this
Portraits -- African American women  Search this
Race discrimination  Search this
African American families  Search this
Family reunions  Search this
Military chaplains  Search this
African American women -- Societies and clubs  Search this
Discrimination in the military  Search this
Military discharge -- United States  Search this
Racism  Search this
Genre/Form:
Letters
Certificates
Family papers
Photographic prints
DVDs
Letters (correspondence) -- 20th century.
Citation:
The Plummer-Arnold family papers, undated-2005, bulk circa 1880-1955, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Reverend L. Jerome Fowler.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-038
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Plummer-Arnold Family papers
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa748f43ca7-c5b2-49c3-9c96-9be1e80b672d
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-06-038
Online Media:

Employment Applications - Aircraft Radio and Instrument Training Co., E.W. Wiggins, Rutgers University, etc.

Collection Creator:
Gitt, Michael.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1938-1940
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Captain Michael Gitt Papers, Acc. NASM.2003.0033, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Captain Michael Gitt Papers
Captain Michael Gitt Papers / Series 1: Early Aviation Career
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg299a80e61-0d2d-42c1-bf35-2d5ff2fe168f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-2003-0033-ref519
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The circuit riders of NAVSUPPACT / compiled and edited by Robert R. Freistedt

Author:
Friedstedt, Robert R  Search this
Subject:
United States Navy Chaplains  Search this
United States Navy Chaplain Corps  Search this
Physical description:
16 p. : ill., map ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Vietnam
Date:
1967
Topic:
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Religious aspects  Search this
Chaplains, Military  Search this
Call number:
DS559.64 C57 1967
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_612526

The history of the Chaplain Corps, United States Navy [compiled by] Clifford Merrill Drury, captain, Chaplain Corps

Author:
United States Bureau of Naval Personnel  Search this
Drury, Clifford Merrill 1897-1984  Search this
Subject:
United States Bureau of Naval Personnel  Search this
United States Navy Chaplain Corps  Search this
Physical description:
v. illus., ports., maps. 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1948
1948- v. 3, 1948]
Topic:
Chaplains, Military  Search this
Call number:
VG23.A45X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_206219

Chaplains with Marines in Vietnam, 1962-1971 / by Herbert L. Bergsma

Author:
Bergsma, H. L (Herbert L.)  Search this
United States Marine Corps History and Museums Division  Search this
Subject:
United States Marine Corps History  Search this
United States Navy Chaplain Corps History  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 240 p. : ill., 1 map ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Vietnam
Date:
1985
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975
Topic:
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Religious aspects  Search this
Chaplains, Military  Search this
Call number:
DS559.64.B47 1985X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_285689

The Hatchet of the United States ship "George Washington," compiled by Captain Edwin T. Pollock, U.S. Navy, and Lieut. (j.g.) Paul F. Bloomhardt, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy. [v. l-9; Feb. 21-Dec. l2, 1918

Author:
Pollock, Edwin Taylor 1870-1943  Search this
Bloomhardt, Paul Frederick 1888-  Search this
Subject:
George Washington (Steamship)  Search this
Physical description:
7 p. l., 273 p. front., illus., plates, fold. map. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1919
1918
Topic:
World War, 1914-1918--Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
D501.H36
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_101368

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