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, located not far from where she was executed, depicts her sitting quietly on a bench. The bronze sculpture, created by Sylvia Shaw Judson, portrays Mary Dyer’s qualities of courage, compassion, and peace.