Salem Witch Trials

In the summer of 1692, hundreds of people in the Salem area were accused of practicing witchcraft, defined by the court of the time as a crime. Twenty people were put to death—victims of fear, superstition, and a court system that failed to protect them. The Salem witch trials have intrigued people ever since.

History of the Memorial

The award-winning Salem Witch Trials Memorial was dedicated in 1992, honoring the victims of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.

Designed by the architect/artist team of James Cutler and Maggie Smith, the memorial was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and has won national critical acclaim. It was dedicated on August 5, 1992, by Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel.
The first Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice was presented at that event. Since then, over six million people have visited the Witch Trials Memorial, which is Salem’s most visible reminder of the 1692 tragedy.

The Memorial offers a quiet place to contemplate the spirit and strength of those who chose to die rather than compromise their personal truths.