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Joined: Oct 2007
May 13, 2008 02:20

Per: "Salem story: Reading the Witch Trials of 1692," by Bernard Rosenthal, notes the following: in 1946, 1950, 1953, & 1954 the Mass. Legislature considered bills to clear the names of 6 remaining women(Bridget Bishop, Susannah Martin, Alice Parker, Ann Pudeator, Wilmot Reed, & Margaret Scott) convicted of witchcraft. All others, men & women, who had been convicted had their names previously cleared. These 6 women finally had their names cleared in 1957, when "legislation was shaped to absolve Massachusetts of any legal obligation to the decendants of the victims," quote from Rosenthal. Once the legislation had passed Gov. Foster Furcolo signed the measure into law on Aug., 28, 1957.


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