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Memorial to 1692 Salem Witch Trial Victims to be Re-Dedicated

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Pedestrians walk by red
carnations placed at the
stone memorial with
Susannah Martin's name
in Salem. She was hanged
as a witch in 1692.
     --Ken Yuszkus /
     Salem News staff photo

If you're looking for something educational to do this coming weekend, consider this event we were alerted to by our friends over at the New England Historic Genealogical Society:

The Salem Witch Trials Memorial on Charter Street in Salem will be re-dedicated at a public ceremony on Sunday, September 9, 2012, at 4 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice, marks the memorial's twentieth year and celebrates its renovation this summer. Gregory Allen Williams, who was recognized for his heroism during the Los Angeles riots and received the first Salem Award at the memorial's dedication, will return to Salem to speak at the ceremony, which will include twenty descendants of witch trial victims.

"More than six million people have visited the Salem Witch Trials Memorial since its dedication," says event chair Patty MacLeod. "This speaks to the importance of Salem's history and to our responsibility to maintain this place in hallowed memory of the victims of the Trials." Commissioned by The Salem Witch Trials Tercentenary Committee and the City of Salem in 1992, the memorial has received critical national acclaim for its design from the American Institute of Architecture, and the Boston Society of Architects. Visitation to the memorial continues to increase.

Questions about the event can be directed to Patty MacLeod at macpatty_2011@yahoo.com.

(The events of 1692 are also recognized at the Salem Village Witchcraft Victims' Memorial, in Danvers, Massachusetts, across the street from the site of the original Salem Village Meeting House where many of the witch examinations took place.)