Dedication ceremony ceremony at 12 pm Wednesday July 19 attended by hundreds. The ceremony was simple and unadorned – straightforward words by Rev. Jeffrey Barz-Snaell, Minister at First Church Salem and instrumental in getting the memorial planned and built; Kimberly Driscoll, Mayor of Salem; David Eppley, Ward 4 City Councillor and a resident of Proctor’s Ledge; Prof. Emerson Baker, a member of the Gallows Hill Project that (re)-discovered the witchcraft hanging site; and Gail Gorda, President of the Towne Family Assoc. and a descendant of Rebecca Towne Nurse and Mary Towne Estey, both executed on Proctor’s Ledge.
To the ear of this blogger several speakers echoed the immortal words of Lincoln, first spoken at the site of an even greater tragedy in American history:
…we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow, this ground…The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what happened here.
National media will have better photos of the crowd, but here are several crowd shots from a meager cell phone camera.