“The lessons of the Salem Witch Trials compel Voices Against Injustice to celebrate today’s champions of human rights and inspire people to confront fear and social injustice with courage.”
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.
WELCOME TO THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS MEMORIAL!
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.
From Salem Access TV: “A discussion about “The Post” featuring journalists Ben Bradlee Jr. and Charles Sennott at the Warwick Theater in Marblehead, MA. Presented by Salem State University and the Voices Against Injustice organization.”
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 is the thousands and thousands of prisoners around the world who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit.
Salem Award Given Immigration Rights Advocate, Journalist José Antonio Vargas