Periwinkle Humanities Initiative

PHI

 

The Periwinkle Humanities Initiative (PHI) is a public humanities and engagement initiative dedicated to the memory of enslaved Americans and the legacies of slavery.

PHI creates and develops digital, creative and media works that foster a public understanding of American slavery and its legacies.  A core project of PHI is the National Burial Database of Enslaved Americans – a national repository which will document individual burials and burial grounds of enslaved Americans.

The Periwinkle Humanities Initiative derives its name from the periwinkle flower. This perennial wildflower is believed to have been a common wildflower brought to grave sites of enslaved Americans in specific regions of the United States.

Periwinkle Humanities Initiative is a project of
the Center for Transformative Action.

 

Bob Lemmons - Carrizo Springs, Texas.  Born a slave around 1850 near San Antonio, Texas. Lemmons came to Carrizo Springs during the Civil War with men seeking new range for their cattle.  Library of Congress 

Bob Lemmons - Carrizo Springs, Texas.  Born a slave around 1850 near San Antonio, Texas. Lemmons came to Carrizo Springs during the Civil War with men seeking new range for their cattle.  Library of Congress