Historians have decided the probable location of the 1692 hangings and plans have been revealed to build a monument there.
According to the Salem patch, “The city says that its staff along with a landscape architect worked with descendants of the victims, the Salem Award Foundation, local historians, and abutting neighbors to develop the design.
“Having this site memorialized, especially as we prepared to mark the 325th anniversary of that tragic event, presents an opportunity for us to come together as a community, recognize the injustice perpetrated against those innocents in 1692, and recommit ourselves to the values of inclusivity and justice,” Salem Mayor Kimberly Driscoll said in a statement.
The design was funded through a Community Preservation Act grant, and the Mayor is asking the Parks and Recreation Commission to contribute $0.25 of each Witch House ticket sold to fund maintenance and upkeep of the memorial.
The Witch House was the home of Jonathan Corwin, a judge during the trials who had a direct role in the sentencing of the nineteen victims.
“Construction is slated to begin as early as April. The memorial, which will be built on Pope street, will feature a wall with the names of the victims and in the center, an oak tree will be planted.”
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