Periwinkle

Periwinkle Humanities Initiative has benefited from the generosity of the National Endowment for the Humanities,
The 1772 Foundation and the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship at Brown University. Periwinkle Humanities Initiative is a sponsored project of the Center for Transformative Action.

 
 

Periwinkle Humanities Initiative is a citizen engagement initiative dedicated to preserving the history, memory, and heritage of formerly enslaved Americans. Periwinkle Humanities Initiative develops digital, creative, and media works to foster a public understanding of these narratives.

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.

  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