The Telegram (St. John's)

Memorial to be held for victims of witch trials


SALEM, Mass. — A memorial in honour of the 19 people hanged during the Salem witch trials has been dedicated 325 years after five women were killed at the exact spot. Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll said Wednesday that the shadows from the tragic episode in U.S. history “extend across our city in ways we cannot see with our eyes.”

The ceremony came 325 years to the day when Sarah Good, Elizabeth Howe, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse and Sarah Wildes were hanged at a site known as Proctor’s Ledge. It was the first of three mass hangings at the spot.

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