Race and the Salem Witch Trials

Many are already aware one of the first people to be accused of witchcraft in 1692 was a woman of color, a slave named Tituba Indian. However, race deeply informed many other aspects of the 1692 trials and has dramatically contributed to the public memory of this event over time. Led by our Director and Assistant Director of Education, this presentation examines the role of race in the context of the 1692 witch trials, as well as in the popular perception of the Salem trials from the seventeenth-century to the modern-day.