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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. Read the complete mission statement.



Salem Award

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

Poetry of Witness at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Poetry Festival participants are invited to spend time reflecting or writing poetry of witness at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial. Saturday 8:00 to 9:00 AM, Sunday 9:00 to 10:00.
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Tent Talk – Contemporary Lessons of the Salem Witch Trials

Thursday, June 4, 2015
A brief talk by Stacy Tilney of the Salem Witch Museum, held at noon under a pop-up tent at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial.
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Witches & Doctors on Trial: The Diagnosis of Witchcraft in 17th Century England

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The Bridget Bishop lecture is presented annually by the Witch House in support of the Salem Award Foundation.
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