Sandra Arnold

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As a public historian, my interests center on the memory and legacy of slavery and the Jim Crow era. As an artist, I am interested in telling stories that contribute to a broader understanding of the Black experience, and underrepresented narratives.  I founded the Periwinkle Initiative, a public humanities nonprofit to preserve cultural heritage associated with enslaved Americans. The Initiative’s core project is the National Burial Database of Enslaved Americans - a repository that will document individual burials and burial grounds of enslaved Americans. At Brown, I will explore utilizing public art and media in preserving the memory of slavery and Jim Crow. I also plan to examine public engagement initiatives and their role in creating spaces for transformative dialogue on issues of race and reconciliation.