Posted on November 17, 2017August 12, 2017 by Jnana Hodson Mary Dyer Mary Dyer was executed by Puritan authorities who opposed her Quaker witness. She faces Boston Common, where she was hanged in 1660. This 1959 statue by Sylvia Shaw Judson sits on the grounds of the Massachusetts State House in Boston. Dyer chose to be faithful to Truth in the face of persecution. Religious tolerance was not her mission, although freedom of expression was.