I know we can’t all be in Salem or easily visit the city, so today I wanted to share with you a little “photo tour” of the Witch Trials Memorial at the Old Burying Point! I didn’t walk into the burying point where the cemetery is; I just walked the memorial with my camera and took pictures of all of the markers as well as a few wide shots of the space. Some of the markers are easier to read than others because of the elements, weather, age, etc., so feel free to comment below if you have questions or are looking for clarification.
The memorial is a wide rectangular shape, with grass and trees all around. The markers line the perimeter of it and as you will see, people often leave little tokens and items in memory on them. At the entrance, engraved into the ground it reads “For my life now lies in your hands; On my dying day, I am no witch; God knows I am innocent; Oh Lord help me; I am wholly innocent of such wickedness; If I would confess I should save my life; I do plead not guilty”.
The markers go in order from left to right (and are in order below as well), beginning with Bridget Bishop who was the first to be hanged in the witch trials.
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