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Ann Dolliver, the daughter of Salem Town’s elder minister, John Higginson, lived with her three children on the land where the Salem Witch Museum stands today. Despite the fact that Ann was the daughter of a respected New England reverend and sister of a Salem magistrate, she was accused of witchcraft and arrested in June of 1692. Abandoned by her husband, left with three children, forced to move home with her father and step-mother in her 40s, she was described by her father as “melancholy” and “crazed in her understanding.” What little information is known about Ann Dolliver paints the picture of a sad and tragic life.
Join us for Salem’s Women’s History Day, as our Education Department discusses the life of this fascinating woman, her connection to the Salem witch trials, and women’s roles and challenges in the seventeenth-century.
If you are unable to attend live, this event will also be recorded and shared on our YouTube page for future accessibility.