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Update: John Legend Event Rescheduled to May 2 (formerly March 30)

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Salem State Series event featuring award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend has been rescheduled for May 2, 2017. The initial date was March 30. All tickets purchased remain valid and may be used for entry.

The May 2 event will take place at 7:30 pm in Salem State University’s Rockett Arena.  Questions or concerns should be directed to the Series box office at 978.542.7555 or on weekdays between 10 am-4 pm.

At the May 2 event, Legend will perform some of his hit songs in addition to discussing his initiative, the Show Me Campaign, which focuses on education as a key to breaking the cycle of poverty, and the #FREEAMERICA campaign, which is aimed at ending the school-to-prison pipeline. At the event, Legend will receive the inaugural Salem Advocate for Social Justice award from The Salem Award Foundation.

Tickets may be purchased through the Series website at or by calling 978.542.7555.

The Series, presented under the auspices of the Salem State University Foundation, is pleased to announce that Denorabilia, LLC is the presenting sponsor for this event. A full list of sponsors can be found at

Elie Wiesel Dies at 87

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Elie Wiesel, 1928 – 2016


The Salem Award Foundation mourns the loss of Holocaust survivor, Nobel laureate and person of integrity Elie Wiesel. His message against hatred and intolerance in all its forms will be remembered for generations to come.

We were honored deeply by Mr. Wiesel’s presence at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial dedication on August 5, 1992.

Read the New York Times article.

Anne Driscoll, Human Rights Activist, Receives 2016 Salem Award

SALEM, MA — 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.

Driscoll will receive the Salem Award at a ceremony on Sunday, March 20, 2016, at The Bridge at 211 in Salem, MA. At that time, Jhonel Roberts, Senior, Salem High School and Evan Aroko, Senior, Salem Academy Charter School will receive Rising Leader awards. A public reception at 3:00 pm and the awards ceremony at 4:00 pm will be held at The Bridge at 211 ( The Bridge at 211 is entered at 20-28 Federal Street. A cocktail reception will be held at 5:30 pm at the nearby Turner’s Seafood Restaurant at 43 Church Street, Salem.

The mission of the Salem Award Foundation (SAF) is to keep alive the lessons of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and to make known and honor the heroic work of those who speak out and take action to alleviate discrimination, promote tolerance, and achieve justice for contemporary victims of social injustice. The SAF is an all-volunteer organization almost 100% dependent on individual contributions.To learn more about this event and the work of the Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice, please go to:

Read the Salem News article.

Site of Salem Witch Trial Hangings Confirmed

Salem, Mass.– After nearly 325 years of research and speculation, the site where 19 innocent people were hanged during the 1692 Salem Witch Trials has been verified. Proctor’s Ledge, an area bounded by Proctor and Pope Streets in Salem, Massachusetts, has been confirmed as the execution site by a team of scholars. The SAF has been proud to be a part of the research team.

     The Gallows Hill Project team bases its findings on the early 20th century research of historian Sidney Perley, an eye-witness reference to an execution from the trial papers, maps from different periods, and newer technology not available previously. “Ground-penetrating radar and high-tech aerial photography shed new light on the topography of the site as it is today and as it was in 1692,” asserted Professor Benjamin Ray of the University of Virginia. “As a result,” added Ray, “we can now say with confidence that Proctor’s Ledge is the site of the hangings.”

     Members of the Gallows Hill Project Team include Emerson “Tad” Baker, Professor of History, Salem State University; Shelby Hypes, Chair, Salem Award Foundation; Elizabeth Peterson, Director, the city of Salem’s Corwin House (The Witch House); Tom Phillips, producer and director of Salem Witch Trials: Examine the Evidence; Benjamin Ray, Professor of Religion, University of Virginia; Marilynne Roach, Salem witch trials historian and author; and Peter Sablock, Emeritus Professor of Geology, Salem State University.