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Historical Locations > The Witch Trials
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Added On: May 24, 2007 - 07:14 AM UTC
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Charter St, Salem, MA 01970, USA (Salem, Massachusetts)
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Also known as the Charter Street Cemetery, this graveyard holds the earthly remains of Salem Witch Trial Judge John Hathorne. The first wife of Salem Witch Trial victim, Giles Corey,†is also buried here. A lot of the graves here are in poor shape due to the material they were made from, extreme age and vandalism. John Hathorne's grave is practically a fragment at this point. It is suspended in a "new" concrete gravestone.

The Salem Witch Trial Memorial
This memorial to the victims of Salems witch hysteria of 1692 sits in the same cemetery as the Judge who condemned them. The memorial consists of a walled courtyard surrounded by empty stone benches. The benches each bear the name of a victim of the hysteria. The emptiness of the bench represents the absence of the victim caused by their execution. Quotes from the victims are carved into the ground across the entrance. The words are partially covered on either side where the stone walls of the courtyard start and end. These words are cut off to represent how the lives of these victims were cut short as well. Since most of the Salem Witch Trial victims never received a proper burial, the cenotaph benches are the closest they have to actual gravestones.

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O.T.I.S.(Odd Things I've Seen): Salem, MA - From: O.T.I.S. (03/15/09, 09:37 PM UTC)
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Find A Grave: Salem Witch Trials Memorial
Find A Grave's entry for the Salem Witch Trials Memorial.
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Salem Web's pages for the Salem Witch Trials memorial.
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Salem Witch Trials Memorial Sign
Sign for the Salem Witch Trials Memorial.
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Judge Hathorne's Grave
What remains of the tombstone of Salem Witch Trial Judge, John Hathorne.
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Salem Witch Benches
Bench cenotaphs in memorial for the victims of the Salem Witch Hysteria.
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Salem Witch Words
The victims words are cut short by the walls of the Salem Witch Trials Memorial.
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