Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Period of Performance

9/1/2013 - 11/30/2014

Funding Totals

$30,000.00 (approved)
$30,000.00 (awarded)

Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans

FAIN: PW-51516-13

Fordham University (Bronx, NY 10458-9993)
Sandra Arnold (Project Director: May 2013 to April 2016)

Burial grounds of enslaved African Americans are primarily unmarked, abandoned, and are increasingly vanishing from our landscape--taking with them history, heritage, and a people's place in the world. The initial stage of our work is to document as many burial grounds as possible by taking a public census of their location. To assist in our efforts, a website ( has been established.

Media Coverage

Slaves' Forgotten Burial Sites Marked Online (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Sarah Maslin Nir
Publication: New York Times
Date: 3/18/2013

Why Slaves' Graves Matter (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Sarah Maslin Nir, Sandra A. Arnold
Publication: New York Times
Date: 4/2/2016

Uncovering a painful past for African Americans, one headstone at a time (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Karen Roberts
Publication: USA Today
Date: 2/21/2016