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This Day in Boston History
October 19th, 1659
Mary Dyer Sentenced to Hang
On this day
Dyer was sentenced to hang on Boston Common having been convicted
for worshiping as a Quaker.
In 1658 a law was passed forbidding Quaker worship under penalty of death.
When she went to visit two friends jailed for their beliefs, Mary Dyer
was promptly imprisoned, tried and sentenced to hang with them. After
being paraded to the gallows and prepared for hanging, the three were
given forty-eight hours to leave Massachusetts and never return.
Seven months later she returned to face this law, and was executed. Massachusetts
persecution of dissenters is remembered by statues of Mary Dyer and Anne
Hutchinson positioned prominently on either side of the Massachusetts