Thursday, December, 15th
Black Rock Branch
New England’s Other Witch-Hunt: The Hartford Witch-hunt of the 1660s and Changing Patterns in Witchcraft Prosecution.
Lecture by Doctor Walter Woodward: professor at the UConn Department of History and Connecticut’s State Historian.
Co-sponsored by the Bridgeport Digital Humanities Initiative and the Black Rock Branch Library.
Everyone knows about the witch hunt at Salem in 1692. But few people know that in the years before Salem, Connecticut was New England’s fiercest witch prosecutor. The first person hanged for witchcraft in New England came from Windsor, and every single person indicted for witchcraft in Connecticut in its early years was convicted and hanged.
.Walt Woodward brings this extraordinary, but nearly forgotten story to life, in a lecture that begins with the Protestant Reformation and traces its history all the way through the Hartford Witch hunt of the 1660′s, a nightmare of trials and executions that preceded Salem by a generation.
Some of those who ran the Hartford witch trials also came to Bridgeport. There was a trial and execution in what is today Fairfield Avenue in the Black Rock section of the city.
The lecture starts at 7pm for one hour and there will be a brief Q & A afterwards.
Refreshments will be served.