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

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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

Ursley Kempe
b. circa 1525, Saint Osyth, Essex, England; d. 1582, England

After an argument with a fellow villager, the midwife Ursley (Ursula) Kempe was accused of making the woman's baby fall from her bed and break her neck. Kempe was then told that she would be treated fairly if she confessed; she did, and she named several other women as witches too. Some of them, Kempe included, were hanged for witchcraft in 1582.

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