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Massachusetts Grants Absolution To Its Last Remaining Witch

At a glance

  • After 329 years — and thanks to an eighth-grade civics class — a Salem-era woman has been officially exonerated of devil worship.
  • In 1693, Elizabeth Johnson was one of 30 people who were convicted as part of the Salem-area witch hysteria but the only one who hadn’t later been exonerated by the state Legislature.
  • Now she has been given a reprieve as part of a budget bill signed by Governor Charlie Baker.

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