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Woman Wants Connecticut To Clear Names Of ‘Witches’ Killed In 1600s

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File photo of a witch initiation. (credit: PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a witch initiation. (credit: PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Hartford) — A Connecticut woman is petitioning the state to clear nearly a dozen people who were hanged for witchcraft in the 1600s.

According to Religion News Service, 82-year-old Bernice Mable Graham Telian, whose great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother Mary Barnes was executed, is calling on state lawmakers to right a wrong.

“You won’t find Mary’s grave. She and all these people who were hanged were dumped in a hole,” Telian told Religion News Service. “Their graves aren’t marked. They wanted them to be forgotten.”

Members of the Connecticut Wiccan & Pagan Network are helping Telian, calling on Gov. Dan Malloy to clear the names of the dead.

“The witch hunts were about fear and intolerance,” Anthony Griego, the group’s leader, told RNS.

The accused witches were killed between 1647 and 1663, nearly 40 years before the Salem witch trials.

Telian is hoping to see her family member’s name cleared in her lifetime.

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