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She Was Declared a Witch at Salem. These Middle Schoolers Want to Clear Her Name. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/20/us/elizabeth-johnson-jr-salem-witch-trials.html

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"The woman, Elizabeth Johnson Jr., who lived in what is now North Andover, Mass., was one of 28 members of her extended family who faced allegations of witchcraft in 1692, according to historians. She was born around 1670 and may have been mentally disabled. She was sentenced to death in 1693 after she confessed to being a witch, only to be granted a reprieve by the governor of Massachusetts at the time. She died in 1747, at the age of about 77. But in contrast with a vast majority of other people who were wrongfully convicted and carried the stigma associated with the witch trials long after their deaths, Johnson had no known descendants to try to clear her name."

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"That’s why a group of middle school students from North Andover decided last year to take up her cause, pressing their state senator to introduce legislation that they helped craft and that would exonerate Johnson, who never married and had no children. “To right a wrong, it’s worth doing,” Carrie LaPierre, the teacher of the eighth-grade civics class at North Andover Middle School, said on Thursday."

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"About 35 percent of the people who were formally charged with witchcraft confessed and avoided execution, he said, adding that the ones who were put to death were those who had maintained their innocence or refused to cooperate. “Frankly, being accused of witchcraft in 1692 would have been a stain worse than murder,” Professor Baker said. Image "

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"During the 1950s, Massachusetts passed a law that had been intended to exonerate the remaining people who were found guilty of witchcraft, but it failed to include all of their names. Another effort to deliver justice in 2001 excluded Elizabeth Johnson Jr., who historians said was declared legally dead when she was convicted in 1693. “She was the only person who was convicted during that process who was never exonerated,” State Senator Diana DiZoglio, a Democrat whose district includes North Andover, said on Thursday."

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"Ms. LaPierre said that her students had learned how the legislative process works — and how it could be a grind. The wait is nothing new, though, especially for Elizabeth Johnson Jr. “This,” Ms. LaPierre said, “isn’t going to happen overnight.”"

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