Drawing upon the lessons of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, the Salem Award Foundation promotes awareness, understanding and empathy in support of human rights, tolerance and social justice.
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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.




When you visit Salem, we invite you to visit the Memorial where you will:

LEARN – About the 20 individuals who were put to death in 1692 because they were accused of witchcraft.

DISCOVER – The effects of ignorance, intolerance and a faulty justice system that led to 20 deaths and the imprisonment of many more.

EXPERIENCE – The Memorial as a quiet place of reflection and contemplation.

CONSIDER – How do the lessons of 1692 pertain to present-day events?

The Memorial is handicapped accessible and is appropriate for all ages.

It is centrally located in downtown Salem, within easy walking distance of many of Salem's attractions, accommodations, restaurants and shops. The Memorial receives more than 600,000 visitors each year.

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Upcoming Events

Relief and Development in Haiti

Sunday, February 21, 2016
Essex philanthropist and human rights activist Karen Keating Ansara will share her experiences in Haiti.
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24th Annual Salem Award Ceremony

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Long-time Swampscott resident Anne Driscoll is being honored for her contributions to the wrongful conviction effort. In the universe of human rights and social justice, one of the least served populations are the thousands and thousands of prisoners around the world who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit. Driscoll will be given the Salem Award at a ceremony on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at the Bridge at 211 in Salem, MA. At that time, two yet to be named high school students will be bestowed with the Rising Leader award.
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