Memorials to the Victims of Salem Witch Trial
In 1692, Salem Village was the site of the infamous Witch Trial, 26 men and women were falsely accused being witches and they were wrongly executed. Due to this infamous event, the Salem Village was renamed to Danvers in 1752. A memorial to the Salem Witch Trial was erected in the center of Danvers. Ten miles from Salem Village was city of Salem, it had only minimal involvement the trial, but due to its name, people have mistaken it for the site of Salem Witch Trial. It has a memorial to the victims of the Salem, it is a three feet high wall in shape of U. There are 26 benches on the wall, each with a name of a person wrongly executed (see photo). Salem is also famous for the Witch Museum, the birth place of Nathaniel Hawthorne and the House of the Seven Gables which was in Hawthrone's famous book "The House of the Seven Gable".
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First Victims of Salem Witch Trial.
19 July 1692 | Salem Village, Massachusetts
Rebecca Nurse, Susannah Martin, Elizabeth Howe, Sarah Good and Sarah Wildes were the first to be accused as witches and were executed on the Gallows Hill. They were the first victims, but unfortunately many more victims will follow them to the Gallows Hill.
Sarah Good was not very popular and by account, she was "mean as witch", but they accused her of being a real witch. It has been conjunctured that her husband William Good testified against her so he can get out of the marriage. Apparently, William failed to live up to his name as being Good.
Today, their names are on the stone benches on the Salem Witch Memorial in Salem, Massachusetts ( see pictures )
Halt to Salem Witch Trial
8 october 1692 | Danvers, Massachusetts
In Octobor, 1692, the governor of Massachusetts, Phips stepped in and prohibits further arrests, and dissolves the Salem Witch Trial. In May of 1693, Phips released from prison all remaining accused or convicted witches. At one point, even Phips wife was acused being a witch.
The Village of Salem was renamed to Danvers in 1752 as the residents wanted to erase its infamous past. Today, there is a Witch Trial Memorial at the city center ( see Witch Trial Memorial picture ) and Rebecca Nurse, the first victim of Witch Trial, her home is still there.
Witch Hysteria Begins
20 January, 1692 | Salem Village, Massachusetts
The witch hysteria started in what was then, the Village of Salem in the Massachusetts Colony, when the eleven-year old Abigail Williams and nine-year-old Elizabeth Parris begin their strange behaviors. The girls later girls later accuse Sarah Good and Sarah Osborne of witchcraft.
In 1953, the American playwright Arthur Miller revived attention to the trials with his prize-winning play The Crucible . Miller used the trials as an allegory for the anti-Communist investigations of Senator Joseph McCarty and the House Un-American Activities Committee during the 1950s, which bearing a lot of similarity to the Salem Witch Trial, except no one was executed, but many had their reputations damaged by false accusations, including the famous actor Charlie Chaplin.
McCarty's activities was un-American!