Periwinkle Humanities Initiative has benefited from the generosity of the National Endowment for the Humanities,
The 1772 Foundation, the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship at Brown University, and recently the New York Life Foundation.


The Periwinkle Humanities Initiative develops digital and creative works to engage communities in preservation of the history and heritage of formerly enslaved Americans.

Our goals are simple - humanize the lives of formerly enslaved Americans and foster a public understanding of why they must be remembered. The messaging of our work will always elevate their families, communities and culture.

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 Periwinkle Humanities Initiative is a sponsored project of
Center for Transformative Action, an independent 501c3  organization.