“inscribed with the name of the accused”
Striking in its simplicity, the Memorial is surrounded on three sides by a handcrafted granite wall. Inscribed in the stone threshold entering the Memorial are the victims’ protests of innocence. These protests are interrupted mid-sentence by the wall, symbolizing society’s indifference to oppression. Six locust trees, the last to flower and the first to lose their leaves, represent the injustice of the trials. Benches within the Memorial perimeter bear the names and the execution dates of each of the 20 victims, creating a quiet, contemplative environment in which to evoke the spirit and strength of those people who chose to die rather than compromise their personal truths. The Witch Trials Memorial is located on Liberty Street between Charter Street and Derby Street and is open from dawn till dusk. It is handicapped accessible and is appropriate for all ages.
This was an interesting stop along the walk through Salem. Fairly straightforward, serving entirely as a static memorial.
The memorial is on a side street, in the main part of town. It is a quick walk through, and while not very flashy, is a great place for introspection and remembrance, especially when compared with the other more touristy parts of the town. It is also adjacent to a cemetery that is open to the public, and contains very old grave stones, which were interesting to peruse.
Neat to see.
We didn't get to see everything we wanted to in Salem due to time constraints but this was at the top of our list. The whole day hat been hot and clear but on our way over to the memorial and cemetary the temperature drastically changed and it became overcast threatening rain. Luckily the rain held off and we got to walk through the memorial which definitely had a heavy sadness to it. It was a great experience.
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