Mary Dyer Monument

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Place Category: Memorial & StatuePlace Tags: Philly Places and Places in PA

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    Located at the entrance of the Friends Center, the statue of the Boston martyr, Mary Dyer, is conveying the visitors that this “is a place of both conviction and contemplation.” The Friends Center is a hub for Quaker activity in Philadelphia and around the world.
    Mary Dyer was hanged in Boston in 1660 while fighting for religious freedom. Those days in the Massachusetts Colony Quakers were considered as heretics. Dyer was banished several times from the colony but decided to stand by her beliefs and came back. On the fourth time, she was sentenced to death. Her death stopped the persecution of Quakers and influenced the legalization of religious freedom.
    The statue is a replica of the Mary Dyer Statue at the entrance of the Massachusetts State House in Boston. It was brought to Philadelphia in 1975 by the Fairmount Park Art Association. Another replica is located at Stout Meetinghouse at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.
    The statue was created by the Quaker sculptress Sylvia Shaw Judson, who depicted Dyer sitting on a praying bench, her hands in her lap, and she is looking down. The title on the pedestal reads, “QUAKER WITNESS FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM HANGS ON BOSTON COMMON 1660.”

    The Trial of Mary Dyer

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    Address: Friends Center, 1511 Cherry St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
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