The research done by a group of middle school students may soon pave the way for the last so-called “witch” to have her name cleared. Elizabeth Johnson Jr. was 22 years old in 1693 when she received her death sentence for supposedly practicing witchcraft during the peak of the Salem Witch Trials.
Though she was never killed like the other twenty suspects, her name somehow never made it on the roster of those who were later exonerated.
“Why Elizabeth was not exonerated is unclear but no action was ever taken on her behalf by the General Assembly or the courts,” said a state senator who introduced the bill that would set the record straight. “Possibly because she was neither a wife nor a mother, she was not considered worthy of having her name cleared. And because she never had children, there is no group of descendants acting on her behalf.”
How did this group of 8th-graders act on Johnson’s behalf, some three centuries later?
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