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Mary Dyer: Courageous Witness and My Foremother

“It’s not fair! My name is Mary Dyer and I’m younger than that girl! I should have been the one pulling the cover off the Mary Dyer statue!” Nine years old and indignant, I glared at the news photo of the “youngest-known descendant” of the famed Quaker martyr as she unveiled the newly erected statue in front of the Boston State House. The year was 1959, the 300th anniversary of Mary Dyer’s being condemned to death by Governor John Endicott of Massachusetts. That photo was the beginning of my inquiry into the life and death of my🔒

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Mary Dyer Hubbard is a member of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Warrington, Pa. The quotations in this article are taken from “Notable Women Ancestors: Women’s Biographies (Mary Barrett Dyer),” at http://www.rootsweb.com/~nwa/dyer.html.


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