Periwinkle Humanities Initiative

National Burial Database

ENDANGERED SACRED PLACES
 


Compounding the problem of preserving and locating slave graveyards, there is no comprehensive list of where they are and who lies within them.
— The New York Times

Unidentified African American soldier in Union uniform with wife and two daughters.  Courtesy: Library of Congress

Unidentified African American soldier in Union uniform with wife
and two daughters.  Courtesy: Library of Congress

The National Burial Database of Enslaved Americans (NBDEA) will be the first national repository for burials of enslaved Americans.  This public resource will engage communities in documenting and preserving burial grounds of the formerly enslaved. 

Learn more about the NBDEA (a work in progress) by viewing the report Memory & Landmarks or - make a preliminary burial entry to the NBDEA by visiting the project’s website here.