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


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

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 COMMITTEE


Civic Engagement                                                      Public History

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


Development

Yvonne L. Moore
Founder, Principal Advisor
Moore Philanthropy

 

Education

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

 

 

 

Heather A. Williams
Professor of Africana Studies
University of Pennsylvania

Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice
Brown University
 

Policy

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