The National Burial Database of Enslaved Americans (NBDEA) is a work of the Periwinkle Initiative in collaboration with Fordham University and from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the 1772 Foundation.


The goal is “to establish a process of official documentation for burials and burial grounds of enslaved Americans in the United States.”


Information gathered so far can be viewed in the report Memory & Landmarks: Report of the Burial Database Project of Enslaved Americans. Also see the report to learn more about the project’s future goals.


2 responses to “National Burial Database of Enslaved Americans”

  1. Hello,

    I am excited about this project. Is it still active? I have spent a lot of time looking for it. Just before I gave up I found this opportunity to ask my questions. When will the database be online and searchable.

    Thank you.


    1. Sharen,

      Thanks for calling my attention to this site. I just updated it with the most recent information I could find. Here’s a link to the report they’ve produced They don’t have a specific date for creating a searchable database but on pages 56-57 of the report they explain the phases they’ll go through before database is online.

      Best with your research,



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