The Salem Witch Trials: Restoring Justice
Salemís witch trials are a definitive example of intolerance and injustice in American history.
This exhibition examines the extraordinary series of events in 1692-3 that led to the deaths of 25 innocent women, men and children who were wrongfully convicted of crimes.
More than 300 years later, the personal tragedies and grievous wrongs that occurred still provoke us to reflect and reckon with the experiences of those involved.
The exhibition tells this story through court documents and authentic historic objects presented as tangible fragments directly tied to people in Salem and nearby communities in the late 17th century.
A handwritten petition, a carved loom, a walking stick ó each illuminates an aspect of individuals who lived through Salemís witch trials and serves as a reminder of the real people impacted by these harrowing events.
Many Salem area residents realized the judicial proceedings were flawed and the trials unjust. As early as the late 1690s, victims and their communities took action in attempts to restore the innocence of those wrongly accused and convicted.
While the trauma and loss can never be fully repaired, these tangible steps over the centuries have made progress toward healing a deeply fractured community. The process continues today.
Adults $20; Seniors $18; Youth under 16 free
East India Square, Salem, MA, 01970 map
East India Square,
161 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970
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