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The Salem Award Foundation’s mission is to recognize, honor and perpetuate the commitment to social justice and human rights of individuals and organizations whose work is proven to have alleviated discrimination or promote tolerance.

Salem Award

The Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice is given each year to keep alive the lessons of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and to highlight the challenges in our present day society. The Salem Award was established in 1992, the tercentenary of the Salem Witch Trials. Learn more about the Award and how to make a nomination.



In the summer of 1692, hundreds of people in the Salem area were accused of practicing witchcraft, defined by the court of the time as a crime. Twenty people were put to death, victims of fear, superstition, and a court system that failed to protect them. The tercentenary in 1992 provided an opportunity to create an enduring tribute to the victims of the Salem Witch Trials. Today, the Memorial, a place of reverence and reflection, has more than 600,000 visitors each year. Learn more about the Memorial.

Latest News

    Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll will present her brief talk “On Being a City of Inclusion” October 30th instead of the previously planned date of October 16th. SSU Professor Margo Shea will talk about the history and symbolism of the Witch Trials Memorial on October 16th.

    If you are unable to attend the Tent Talks in person, don’t worry. You can see them on SATV! The following are scheduled air times of Kate Fox’s Tent Talk, “Ten Misperceptions About the Witch Trials:”

    Today, October 16 at 6:40pm
    Tuesday, October 21 at 2:35pm
    Thursday, October 23 at 6:40pm
    Saturday, October 25 at 11:00am

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Upcoming Events

Tent Talk: What It Means to Be a Descendant

Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Tent Talk: On Being a City of Inclusion

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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