Photo: “The Hermitage Slave Quarters, Savannah, GA” Courtesy: Library of Congress
Photo: “The Whole black family at the Hermitage, Savannah, GA” Courtesy: Library of Congress
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.
Henry Robinson, Courtesy: Library of Congress
Director of Civic Engagement & Social Justice
The New School
Senior Field Officer, Preservation Division
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Yvonne L. Moore
Founder, Principal Advisor
Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.
Founder & President
Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice
Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Abolition,
Professor of American Legal History
Heather A. Williams
Professor of Africana Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Filmmaker & Cinematographer
Vice President, Resnicow & Associates
Founder & CEO, Isotope Films