Creator: Baker, Everard Green, b. 1826.
Collection number: 41
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Abstract: The collection includes personal diaries and plantation journal of Baker of Jefferson, Panola, and Hinds counties, Miss., containing references to farming, household matters, neighborhood affairs, philosophical ideas, and recipes and rules for plantation living. Also included is a typescript genealogy of the Baker family and manuscript copy (1851) of the will of Elizabeth Green.
Repository: Southern Historical Collection
Collection Highlights: Diaries record events in the lives of Baker’s slaves, including illnesses, holidays, and an attack on an overseer (26 May 1854). In 1865, Baker writes about emancipation and his efforts to hire free blacks as plantation workers, and mentions his attendance at a “Negro preaching and ordination” in 1867. Diary also documents: death of a young enslaved girl from worms, in entry 22 August 1850; obituary of enslaved man, Jack, under entry for 17 June 1854, on page 7-9 on typed transcript copy; stabbing of an enslaved man by overseer after his attempted assault & discussion of a possible insurrection on 26 May 1854; christmas celebrations on 25 December 1852). Microfilm available.