May 9

Salem, witches, On This Day

The Memorial, as it stands, in Salem.

In 1892, many people were subjected to various forms of torture and, in most cases, death as they were believed to be witches.

Today is the 12th anniversary of the memorial which was erected in memory of those who were wrongly accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts.

The tales of witch trials in Salem have spawned many tales through their time including, arguably most famously, Arthur Miller’s 1953 play ‘The Crucible’. Miller’s work is strongly believed to be an allegory, representing his displeasure with the US government of the time, but also strongly depicts the horrific acts which awaited those that were accused of witchcraft.

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