Designed by the architect/artist team of James Cutler and Maggie Smith, the Salem Witch Trials 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 Memorial is designed to be a place of respect and reflection.

Striking in its simplicity, the memorial, which is located on Charter Street behind the Peabody Essex Museum, is surrounded on three sides by a handcrafted granite dry wall. Inscribed in the stone threshold entering the memorial are the victims’ protests of innocence. These protests are interrupted mid-sentence by the wall, symbolizing society’s indifference to oppression. Five locust trees, the last to flower and the first to lose their leaves, represent the stark injustice of the trials. At the rear of the memorial, visitors view the tombstones of the adjacent 17th-century Charter Street Burying Point, a reminder of all who stood in mute witness to the hysteria.


Directions to the Memorial

Preserve the Memorial: a Guide to Considerate Use

Witch Trials Memorial

The Salem Witch Trials Memorial (SWTM) honors those who unjustly lost their lives in 1692. As such, the SWTM is a place of reverence and should be treated with respect and dignity. The Salem Award Foundation raised funds to have the SWTM renovated in 2012. In an effort to maintain these renovations, we are reaching out to everyone who visits the Memorial to help us keep it in the condition it deserves.
Please observe the following guidelines at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial:

  • Please stay on the path.
  • Maintain a respectful quiet for the space.
  • Avoid walking on the grass.
  • Take a moment to consider the contemporary lessons of the witch trials. Feel free to sit quietly and contemplate on one of the granite benches.
  • Feel free to leave flowers on the stones as a remembrance to those honored here.

We thank you for your cooperation in keeping this memorial a sacred space.

Other 1692 sites

All of the places listed below have a connection to 1692. They provide different information and viewpoints; some will appeal to children, while others have a more adult perspective.

We thank you for your cooperation in keeping this memorial a sacred space.