Mary Dyer Statue

  • Mary-Dyer-Statue-WWP

Place Category: Memorial & StatuePlace Tags: Greater Boston Places and Places in MA

  • Description

    Mary Dyer was a Quaker who fought for religious freedom. In 1660 these beliefs were considered a crime, and she was persecuted for practicing Quakerism and eventually hanged for it. Mary Dyer’s Martyr’s Death had a significant influence on the legalization of religious freedom and the Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
    The statue near the Massachusetts State House entrance, not far from where she was executed, depicts her sitting quietly on a bench wearing Quaker clothes. The bronze sculpture, created by Sylvia Shaw Judson, portrays Mary Dyer’s qualities of courage, compassion, and peace. It was dedicated on July 9th, 1959.
    A replica of this statue is located at the Friends Center entrance, a hub for Quaker activity in Philadelphia and around the world.

    Boston History in a Minute: Mary Dyer

    Mary Dyer is the subject of this week's Boston History in a Minute. A determined and principled woman, she fell out of favor in Massachusetts and was banished and later executed.
  • More Info
    Address: 151 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02108
    The Mary Dyer Sculpture is featured on the Boston Women's Heritage Trail.
  • Watch and Learn More

  • Map

    No Records Found

    Sorry, no records were found. Please adjust your search criteria and try again.

    Google Map Not Loaded

    Sorry, unable to load Google Maps API.


  • Photo credit - WWP team.