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. We advance social change through educational programming, stewardship of the Salem Witch Trials Memorial as a place of reflection, and by awarding and celebrating contemporary champions who embody our mission.
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.
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
2015 Salem Award Ceremony
Sunday, March 22, 2015
The Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice will bestow the 23rd Salem Award to José Antonio Vargas for his tireless advocacy for immigration rights. Award Ceremony will be Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Salem Old Town Hall, Salem, Massachusetts.
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