Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Elizabeth Southern

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Elizabeth Southern
Date of birth unknown; d. 1612, Lancaster, England

Elizabeth Southern, like Anne Redfearne, was involved in the Pendle Witch trials in England in 1612. There is still much mystery surrounding their case, which involved the use of witchcraft in the alleged murders of seventeen people in Pendle Forest in Lancashire. Southern, who was eighty years old at the time, died in her prison cell awaiting trial.

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