WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum is opening a new exhibit exploring the struggles and achievements of one slave family in Maryland before and after the Civil War.

A diary started in 1841 by Adam Francis, then the enslaved patriarch of the Plummer family, provides a firsthand account of the family’s struggle to stay together before, during and after the Civil War.

The exhibit, “Hand of Freedom: The Life and Legacy of the Plummer Family,” opened Monday. It includes artifacts from the family and a film about the diary’s discovery.

The Anacostia Community Museum also is featuring a new exhibit about “How the Civil War Changed Washington.” It focuses on the war’s impact on the evolution of the nation’s capital. The museum looks at Washington’s neighborhoods, workforce and demographics over time.

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