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Salem in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Salem Witch Trials Memorial

 
 
The Salem Witch Trials Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 29, 2015
1. The Salem Witch Trials Memorial Marker
Inscription.
In 1692, nearly two hundred people in the Salem area were accused of witchcraft, then considered a crime. Twenty of the accused were tried and executed – victims of fear, superstition, and a court system that failed to protect them.

This memorial was created to honor the memory of these twenty victims and to remind us of the enduring lessons of human rights learned from the tragedy of the witch trials. It was designed by architect Jim Cutler and artist Maggie Smith and dedicated in 1992 by Elie Wiesel.

Every year the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice is given to an individual or organization that speaks out and takes action for human rights and social justice. The first award was presented to GregAlan Williams at the 1992 dedication.

Only if we remember will we be worthy of redemption. – Elie Weisel

Sidebar:
In Remembrance
Hanged, June 10, 1692
Bridget Bishop, Salem

Hanged, July 19, 1692
Sarah Good, Salem Village
Rebecca Nurse, Salem Village
Susannah Martin, Amesbury
Elizabeth Howe, Ipswich
Sarah Wildes, Topsfield

Hanged, August 19, 1692
George Burroughs, Wells, Maine
John Proctor, Salem Village
John Willard, Salem Village
George Jacobs, Andover
Martha Carrier, Andover

Pressed,
The Salem Witch Trials Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 29, 2015
2. The Salem Witch Trials Memorial Marker
September 19, 1692
Giles Corey, Salem Farms

Hanged, September 22, 1692
Martha Corey, Salem Farms
Mary Easty, Topsfield
Alice Parker, Salem
Ann Pudeator, Salem
Margaret Scott, Rowley
Wilmot Redd, Marblehead
Mary Parker, Andover

Captions:
Please treat this sacred space, its walls and walkways, with respect and care.
Photos: Tina Koutsos-Jordan & Carolyn McGuire
 
Location. 42° 31.257′ N, 70° 53.501′ W. Marker is in Salem, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker can be reached from Charter Street. Click for map. The entrance to the memorial and marker is near 39 Charter Street. Marker is in this post office area: Salem MA 01970, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Burying Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Nathaniel H. Felt (within shouting distance of this marker); Peabody Museum of Salem (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Essex County Armed Services Memorial (about 400 feet away); Immaculate Conception Parish War Memorial (about 400 feet away); Saint Peter's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Roger Conant (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First Meeting House Erected in Salem (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Salem.
 
Categories. Civil RightsColonial EraNotable Events
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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