16 January 2017

The National Burial Database of Enslaved Americans in Development


The National Burial Database of Enslaved Americans in Development

You can help!  The National Burial Database of Enslaved Americans is in the initial stages of development and is seeking information on burials or burial ground locations of enslaved Americans to be included in a future database.  If you have information about such, please submit here.

The project started as The Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans (formerly based at Fordham University) and is now the National Burial Database of Enslaved Americans - a work of the Periwinkle Initiative.

The Periwinkle Initiative is a public humanities and education initiative dedicated to preserving cultural heritage associated with enslaved Americans.  The Initiative’s core project is the National Burial Database of Enslaved Americans – which will be the first and only 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 the most common wildflower brought to gravesites of enslaved Americans.

You can read about the project and its status via Memory & Landmarks – Report of the Burial Database Project of Enslaved Americans.


What slave burials or cemeteries did you submit to the project?

What online or published compilations of slave burials are you aware of?







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