Today we remember those lives lost as a result of the Salem Witch Trials.
March 1, 1692 is a day that we should not forget. A day that allowed for hysteria, greed, and hate coupled with fear and silence; to end in the deaths of innocent people.
The Salem Witch Trials started in a small settlement of Salem, Massachusetts. Two young girls fell into a trance and had seizures in which doctors could not explain. This naturally led to the accusations of witchcraft and witches in their village. Other children started having such "fits" and with the help from adults, the children pointed out and accused local residents of witchcraft. During the next few months, the children accused over 150 women and men of witchcraft and worshiping satan.
The first to be tried was Bridget Bishop of Salem. She was found guilty and hanged on June 10. Thirteen more woman and four men were hanged and one man, Giles Corey, was crushed to his death. Most were found guilty based on witnesses reactions and behavior during the trials. Acts of hallucinations and "fits" where determined to be caused by those on trial.
The mass fear of witchcraft stemmed from those coming out of Europe. This hysteria led to the capturing, questioning, and sadly the executions of many accused.
Today, let's remember those innocent lives lost and Bless those of the past, for they are not forgotten. Never let hate fill your heart or mind. Lead with love and compassion. Learn from history so we can do better. ❤️
If you want to learn more about the Salem Trials and more about this historical area, there is a lot of information on the Salem visitors website including information about the Salem Witch Museum.