Salem Witch Tercentenary Memorial

Salem, Massachusetts

The design for this project removes all existing trees and shrubs except the maples. The center corridor of the site is graded level. Along either side are planted black locust trees. The locust, a large native tree, is fast growing, thorny and deciduous with fragrant white flowers.

Twenty stone benches surround the park and are inscribed with the victims’ names and execution dates.

The memorial defines “Injustice” with four words:


In the presence of injustice is complicity.

The design emphasizes the “Silent Watchers” of injustice by bounding the site with a stone wall. The gravestones, though separated from the memorial by an iron fence, are the mute watchers of the events of 1692.


To the voices of others is the root of injustice.

Across the threshold of the memorial are the words of the accused. Taken from existing court records, these include protestations of innocence made during examinations and petitions to the court pleading an end to the hangings. These protests slide under the stone wall mid-sentence.


For invented crimes is a symptom of injustice.

The black locust tree is believed to be the tree from which these innocents were hung.


The stone benches that are built into the surrounding wall are inscribed with the names, dates, and manners of death of the executed.


– AIA National Honor Award, 1994
– AIA Honor Award, 1993
– Honor Award, Boston Society of Architects, 1993