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Photo:  “The Hermitage Slave Quarters, Savannah, GA” Courtesy: Library of Congress

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Photo:  “The Whole black family at the Hermitage, Savannah, GA”  Courtesy: Library of Congress

 

 

MISSION


The Periwinkle Initiative is a public humanities and engagement initiative dedicated to preserving the public memory and cultural heritage of enslaved Americans.  The Initiative’s core project is the National Burial Database of Enslaved Americans – which will be the first national repository to document individual burials and burial grounds of enslaved Americans.

The Periwinkle Initiative derives its name from the periwinkle flower that certain scholars believe was a common wildflower brought to grave sites of enslaved Americans. 

The most important aspect is digging for the slave’s humanity. The preservation of these sacred spaces is (necessary in order) to remember the past so that our future contemporaries will have a better understanding of American policies that supported this system of cruelty, but most importantly to remember the resilience of the human spirit.
— National Trust for Historic Preservation
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Henry Robinson, Courtesy: Library of Congress


ADVISORY BOARD
 

Christina Dawkins     
Director of Civic Engagement  & Social Justice
The New School

Brent Leggs
Senior Field Officer, Preservation Division
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Yvonne L. Moore
Founder, Principal Advisor
Moore Philanthropy

Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.
Founder & President
Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives


 

 

SCHOLARS/EXPERTS


Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice
Brown University

Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Abolition,
and Resistance

Yale University

Annette Gordon-Reed
Professor of American Legal History
Harvard University
  
Heather A. Williams
Professor of Africana Studies
University of Pennsylvania

Eddie Opara
Partner
Pentagram Studios

Ellen Kuras
Filmmaker & Cinematographer

Elizabeth Chapman
Vice President, Resnicow & Associates

Chiemi Karasawa
Founder & CEO, Isotope Films