Memorializing the Salem Witch Trials

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the creation of the Salem Witch Trials Memorial. Erected in downtown Salem in 1992, this was an important moment for the city, as Salem continued to process the legacy and significance of these tragic events as a modern community. During the years leading up to the 300th anniversary, the Salem Witch Museum’s Executive Director and Education Director focused almost exclusively on this project. Drawing on our archives, we will examine such topics as, the discussions around the need for a permanent memorial, funding, the design selection, tercentenary events, and the creation of the Salem Award. This presentation will also discuss how the memorial has been treated by visitors and the community since its unveiling.