PHI

 

 

Periwinkle Humanities Initiative (PHI) is a public humanities and engagement initiative dedicated to preserving the public history, memory and cultural heritage of underrepresented narratives.  PHI develops digital, creative and media works that foster a public understanding of these narratives and their 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