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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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

SSU Social Justice Institute

July 28 @ 8:00 am

The inaugural Summer at Salem State Institute features three week-long academic institutes exploring the theme of social justice in recognition of the 325th anniversary of the Salem witch trials. Learn more about undergraduate and graduate credit courses, community talks, performances and visits to historical sites

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The Exonerated

July 27 @ 6:30 pm

This superb 2005 documentary is also part of the SSU Social Justice Institute and dramatizes the true stories of six people who were wrongfully convicted, imprisoned for years and later exonerated. Meet 2016 Salem Award recipient Anne Driscoll as well as Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle, both wrongfully convicted of murder. All-star cast includes Brian Dennehy, Danny Glover […]

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