BRAND NEW: 325 years ago today, August 19, 1692, five convicted "witches" were unlocked from their prison cells, taken to Gallows Hill, and executed by hanging during the Salem Witch Trials. I was thinking of several things while creating this lock, including:
1) "Lock" as in "Warlock," a male witch. Prior to these five executed witches, six others had already been executed; all six were women. The five executed on this date were one woman (Martha Carrier) and four men (George Burroughs, George Jacobs Sr., John Proctor, and John Willard). John Willard was a law enforcement officer who brought many of the other accused to court. George Burroughs was a minister, who recited the Lord's Prayer while standing at the gallows waiting to die. John Proctor's wife Elizabeth was also among the accused. What do you do when law enforcement, ministers, and husbands of accused witches dare question the Witch Trials? Accuse them of being warlocks, and execute them, too.
2) "Lock" as in "Locked Away." Most of the focus of Salem Witch Trial history is on the 19 people who were executed by hanging, and one tortured to death. Sources say about 150 other accused witches were locked away in jail. The youngest, four-year-old Dorcas Good, was jailed for almost nine months, from March 24, 1692, to Dec. 10, 1692. At least four of the accused (Sarah Osbourn, Roger Toothaker, Ann Foster, and Lydia Dustin) died in prison.
3) "Lock" as in "Lock her up!" If you're in a top position of power, like say President of the United States, and you've ever lead an angry mob chanting "Lock her up!" then you're probably not the victim in the "Witch Hunt" metaphor.
I've created this lock based on flowers and leaves of the following plants: The "Bog Witch" Sarracenia pitcher plant, the "Witch's Wand" Iris, the "Green Wizard" Venus Flytrap, and the "Bewitching Eyes" and "Salem Witch" Hemerocallis.
I am a descendant of Salem Witches; my great-grandmother about 13 generations back, Mary Eastey, was executed Sept. 22, 1692 and her sister Rebecca Nurse was executed July 19, 1692.
I AM HERE TO HELP Donald Trump understand what a Witch Hunt actually is.
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