“The lessons of the Salem Witch Trials compel Salem Award Foundation to celebrate today’s champions of human rights by presenting the annual Salem Awards.”
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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

Voices Against Injustice Presents: The Salem Award Ceremony

March 25 @ 4:00 pm

@The Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, Salem State University Voices Against Injustice presents the 2018 Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice to The GroundTruth Project, a Boston-based non-profit media organization. Founded by award-winning journalist Charles Sennott, The GroundTruth Project is dedicated to supporting a new generation of journalists and to […]

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Salem Film Fest

March 22

Voices Against Injustice will once again sponsor a film with a social justice theme at the Salem Film Fest. March 22nd – March 29th. You can buy tickets and get details on the films and schedule at Salem Film Fest 2018. Multiple times and locations will be posted.

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