“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

Screening of "The Post"

February 25 @ 2:30 pm

Charles Sennott founder of the Ground Truth Project will join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ben Bradlee, Jr. to discuss the role of the media today, “fake news,” and the relevance of events in the film, “The Post.”

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