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

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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

b. circa 1650, South America; d. after 1692, Massachusetts

Tituba, an Arawak or Carib Indian from Barbados or Guiana, was brought to Salem, Massachusetts, in 1680 as a slave. She lived in the household of Reverend Samuel Parris. The folk practices and beliefs that she brought from her homeland likely made her a target, for she was the first woman to be accused in the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and 1693. Tituba confessed and implicated other women in the colony in order to save herself from execution. She was later sold by Parris and relocated outside of Salem.

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