Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Bewitched Statue Watch - Day 7 - The Statue Triumphant

POSTED: 7:25 am EDT May 11, 2005
UPDATED: 8:26 am EDT May 11, 2005

BOSTON -- Salem will soon be getting its "Bewitched" statue.

The city's redevelopmment authority voted unanimously Tuesday night to erect the statue in Lappin Park. The 9-foot-tall statue depicts the star of the 1960s television show "Bewitched" astride a broom.

Critics of the statue said it trivializes the tragedy of the city's 1692 witch trials, in which 20 people were put to death. But supporters -- including Mayor Stanley Usovicz said there is room for a little fun in the city too. The mayor hopes the statue will attract tourists who will then find out about the truth of the witch trials.

The statue is scheduled to go up on June 15.

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