Historians work hard to ensure diverse accounts of today’s events are recorded

“A Journal of the Plague Year” is a website designed to capture different perspectives of the coronavirus pandemic during a time of racial unrest.
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We're going to talk now a little bit of history. We'll talk about the people who are doing the work that many of us might not consider, the historians preserving the stories of this troubled year through which we're living, first the pandemic and then nationwide civil unrest. Here's ABC's Devin Dwyer. Reporter: Amid protests for justice and equality after the death of George Floyd, and a deadly pandemic still ravaging her hometown, this public schoolteacher Diana hall wants to make sure that history gets it right. She shared her story with the smithsonian's anacostia community museum. It's documented somewhere for my great-grandchildren to look at. Reporter: The museum's moments of resilience project part of a growing global effort. Gathering photos, poetry, and journal entries from everyday Americans. Most of American history has been told through the lens of white men, minority experiences of slaves who helped built the white house, often glossed over or ignored. Historians now working to make sure this moment is fully preserved from all viewpoints. Archives don't tell us the story of nonelites, folks outside the middle class, folks who are not white. They may touch on them. But we need to do a better job. Reporter: A worldwide repository, a journal of the plague year, gathering more than 5,000 pieces so far, many showing the double impact of covid and civil unrest. Preserving hundreds of people telling their own stories in their own words. Archiving them at the library of congress. Independent photographers capturing the moments, too. After hours, he picks up his cameras to document scenes that he says many people may overlook. Making sure the history books reflect a history as derse as we are. For "Good morning America," Devin Dwyer, ABC news, Washington.

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