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Salem Village Witchcraft Victims’ Memorial

 
 
Salem Village Witchcraft Victims' Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2009
1. Salem Village Witchcraft Victims' Memorial Marker
The forward monument contains an open “Book of Life” surrounded by a pair of shackles.
Inscription.
In memory of those innocents
who died during the
Salem Village Witchcraft Hysteria
of 1692

Back Monument:
“I am an innocent person. I never had to do with witchcraft since I was born. I am a Gosple woman.”
Martha Cory

“The Lord above knows my innocencye . . . as att the great day will be known to men and Angells. I Petition to your honours not for my own life for I know I must die and my appointed time is sett but the Lord he knows it is that if it be possible no more innocent blood may be shed . . . . ”
Mary Esty

“If it was the last moment I was to live, God knows I am innocent . . . . ”
Elizabeth How

“Well! Burn me, or hang me, I will stand the truth of Christ . . . . ”
George Jacobs, Sr.

Died in jail May 10, 1692
Sarah Osburn of Salem Village

Hanged June 10, 1692
Bridget Bishop of Salem

Died in jail June 16, 1692
Roger Toothaker of Billerica

Died in jail previous to July 19, 1692
infant daughter to Sarah Good
of Salem Village

Hanged July 19, 1692
Sarah Good of Salem
Back Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2009
2. Back Monument
The granite back section of the memorial consists of three panels 12 feet long by 8 feet high containing the names of the 24 men and women and one child who died as a result of the witch hysteria. The outer panels contain statements made by eight of the accused witches during their harrowing examinations.
Village
Elizabeth How of Topsfield
Susannah Martin of Amesbury
Rebecca Nurse of Salem Village
Sarah Wilds of Topsfield

Hanged August 19, 1692
Rev. George Burroughs of Wells, Maine,
formerly of Salem Village
Martha Carrier of Andover
George Jacobs, Sr. of Salem
John Procter, Sr. of Salem Farmes
John Willard of Salem Village

Died under torture September 19, 1692
Giles Cory of Salem Farmes

Hanged September 22, 1692
Martha Cory of Salem Farmes
Mary Esty of Topsfield
Alice Parker of Salem
Mary Parker of Salem
Ann Pudeator of Salem
Wilmot Redd of Marblehead
Margaret Scott of Rowley
Samuel Wardwell of Andover

Died in jail December 3, 1692
Ann Foster of Andover

Died in jail March 10, 1693
Lydia Dastin of Reading

“Amen. Amen. A false tongue
will never make a guilty person.”
Susannah Martin

“I can say before my Eternal
father. I am innocent & God will clear my innocency.”
Rebecca Nurse

“The Magistrates, Ministers, Jewries,
and all the People in general, being
so much inraged and incensed against
us by the Delusion of the Devil,
which
Left of Back Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2009
3. Left of Back Monument
we can term no other, by reason
we know in our own Consciences, we
are all innocent Persons.”
John Procter Sr.

“ . . . I fear not but the Lord in his due time
will make me as white as snow.”
John Willard
 
Erected 1992 by Danvers Rotary.
 
Location. 42° 33.932′ N, 70° 57.464′ W. Marker is in Danvers, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Hobart Street and Forest Street, on the left when traveling west on Hobart Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 176 Hobart Street, Danvers MA 01923, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Salem Village Meeting House (a few steps from this marker); The Church in Salem Village (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 1681 Salem Village Parsonage (approx. ¼ mile away); The 1734 Addition (approx. ¼ mile away); Salem Village Parsonage (approx. ¼ mile away); Samuel Parris Archaeological Site
Center of Back Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2009
4. Center of Back Monument
Above the center panel on a granite ellipse is carved the Tercentennial Committees logo featuring a man grasping an open book.
(approx. ¼ mile away); Samuel Holten House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Deacon Nathaniel Ingersoll (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danvers.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Salem Witchcraft Trials, 1692. by Douglas O. Linder. “From June through September of 1692, nineteen men and women, all having been convicted of witchcraft, were carted to Gallows Hill, a barren slope near Salem Village, for hanging. Another man of over eighty years was pressed to death under heavy stones for refusing to submit to a trial on witchcraft charges. Hundreds of others faced accusations of witchcraft; dozens languished in jail for months without trials until the hysteria that swept through Puritan Massachusetts subsided.” (Submitted on June 9, 2012.) 

2. Salem Village Witchcraft Victims' Memorial at Danvers. “The design
Right of Back Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2009
5. Right of Back Monument
of the Memorial is highly symbolic in nature. On a light colored Barre granite sarcophagus measuring 4' x 8' x 4' rests an oversized representation of a slant-top bible box. In colonial times such boxes were used as storage containers for precious volumes and papers. The positioning of the block with the bible box on top is reminiscent of a colonial pulpit and its juxtaposition and correct alignment with what would have been the original Meeting House pulpit across the street is purposeful. Yet the bible box, a domestic item of furniture, better represents individual home-inspired devotion, rather than communal, ecclesiastical worship, denoting the significance of personal beliefs and morals. ” (Submitted on May 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable Events
 
Salem Village Witchcraft Victims' Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2009
6. Salem Village Witchcraft Victims' Memorial Marker
Salem Village changed its name to Danvers to distance itself from the 1692 Witch hysteria.
Book of Life and Shackles image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2009
7. Book of Life and Shackles
Shackles, like those worn in prison by the accused, are part of the Witchcraft Victims' Memorial.
Credit plaque for Witchcraft Victims' Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2009
8. Credit plaque for Witchcraft Victims' Memorial
The monument was erected for the 300th anniversary of the witch prosecutions.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 4,621 times since then and 153 times this year. Last updated on October 25, 2011, by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. This page was the Marker of the Week June 10, 2012. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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