An 82-year-old woman is championing the campaign to clear the names of 11 people who were hung after being convicted of witchcraft in the 1600s.
Bernice Mable Graham Telian, a retired university administrator, told Religion News Services that her great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Barnes of Farmington, Conn., was sentenced to death in 1663 for allegedly confessing to consorting with the Devil. She was buried in an unmarked grave.
While other states like Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Virginia have acknowledged the people were wrongly put to death because of witchcraft, Connecticut hasn’t.
“I’d like to see this happen in my lifetime,” said Telian.
She’s also supported by members of the Connecticut Wiccan & Pagan Network.
The article notes witchcraft was a capital crime in Connecticut from 1642 until 1715 citing Bible references. It was completely removed by 1750 but the victims accused were never exonerated. If it helps to close the book on this sad part of history, it would be worth an act of Connecticut lawmakers to clear these names.
Extra info: Connecticut Law Library – Witches and Witchcraft