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About Mary Black, Salem Witch Trials

Mary Black (born before 1680 - died after 1693) - An African-American slave of elderly Lieutenant Nathaniel Putman of Salem Village, Mary was accused of witchcraft on April 21, 1692.

Putnam was a respected leader and member in Salem village whose younger nephews and cousins were avid witchcraft accusers. Her examination was requested by the Reverend Samuel Parris. At her examination, held on April 22nd, she was accused by several of the "afflicted girls" including Mary Walcott, Abigail Williams, and Mercy Lewis. Though she was pressed to admit that she was a witch, she steadfastly refused, stating "I hurt no body. Who doth? I do not know.”

She was indicted and imprisoned, but not tried. She was cleared by proclamation on January 11, 1693. Her owner Nathaniel Putnam paid her jail fees and took her back into his house.

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