Annie Glover Plaque

St. Stephen Catholic Church
401 Hanover Street

The last woman to be hanged as a witch in Boston, in 1688, was Irish immigrant Annie Glover, wildly accused by the infamous Reverend Cotton Mather. Enslaved by the British, she and her family were sent to Barbados in the 1650s. In 1680 she made it to Boston with her daughter, and worked as a washerwoman until she was accused of witchcraft. During the trial, she only spoke in Irish, and Mather called her "a scandalous old Irish woman, obstinate in idolatry."

On November 16, 1988, Boston City Council proclaimed Ann Glover Day in the city of Boston

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