Gallows Hill Nineteen

 

Gallows Hill Nineteen

1692

“Why Salem is important today is because of acts of individual conscience and resistance to a government that was overreacting out of fear of a global enemy. It’s important to know today what happened there for the sake of us and American history.”  Benjamin Ray, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia

No one really knows for sure what spurred the Salem witch hunt. Most theorize that the Puritans lived in fear of death by ‘savages’; death by starvation; death by exposure. The only common thread is fear.

The truth is this: 19 women of good intentions were accused, tried and hanged.

YouTube produced by University of Virginia, Retrieved June 4, 2016  https://youtu.be/v-KrexSNHVY

Over three hundred years later, using a variety of resources, experts agreed on the actual location where the hangings were conducted.

Top: Site of the actual witch hangings.  Middle: Gallows Hill   Bottom:  Map of the location

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Top:  http://boston.cbslocal.com/2016/01/13/actual-site-of-salem-witch-hangings-discovered/

Middle:  http://w3.salemstate.edu/~ebaker/Gallows_Hill

Bottom:  https://news.virginia.edu/content/uvas-help-salem-finally-discovers-where-its-witches-were-executed


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Gallows Hill Nineteen — 1 Comment

  1. This is a great point that I hadn’t ever considered. But this sort of thing continues to go on in other parts of the world today, so finding the site and having a marker really is important.

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