Researchers confirm the exact location of the Salem witch hangings

It is where 19 people accused of witchcraft were hanged in 1692.

Thomas Satterwhite Noble painted “The Salem Martyr’’ in 1869, depicting a young girl found guilty of witchcraft walking to the gallows.

Researchers have confirmed the spot where they say 19 people accused of witchcraft were hanged in Salem in 1692, reports The Boston Globe.

Salem plans to mark the location, a wooded area abutting Proctor and Pope streets known as Proctor’s Ledge, with a modest memorial, Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll told the Globe.

“This is part of our history, and this is an opportunity for us to be honest about what took place,’’ Driscoll told the Globe.

It was previously believed that the accused witches died on Gallows Hill. But now evidence points to an area at the base of that hill known as Proctor’s Ledge. Eyewitness accounts from the time of the hangings, aerial photography of Gallows Hill, and images created using advanced mapping technology have all helped researchers discover the location, reports the Globe.

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