July 2, 1692: Black Slave Named Candy Acquitted Following Trial in Salem

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July 2, 1692: A black slave named Candy was acquitted following her trial in Salem, Massachusetts, on charges that she “wickedly, malliciously , and felloniously” practiced acts of sorcery in Salem. Candy was an Afro-Barbadian slave, belonging to Margaret Hawkes of Salem Town.

Her accusers saw Candy and other African women as easy targets if only because, in their minds, the devil was “black.

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