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Anne Hutchinson

Artist:

Cyrus Dallin

Location:

Massachusetts State House, on south lawn near Beacon St. and Bow  

Location

Massachusetts State House, on south lawn near Beacon St. and Bow
United States
42° 21' 28.1412" N, 71° 3' 51.66" W

Neighborhood:

Beacon Hill

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1922

Medium:

Bronze

Collection:

Massachusetts State House

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

An early advocate for religious freedom, Anne Hutchinson moved from England to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1634. Hutchinson’s beliefs differed in subtle yet significant ways from those of the colony’s Puritan majority. For example, she challenged the belief that women were born into a more sinful state than men, and she invited women to study the Bible on their own, without relying on the interpretations of male ministers. As a result, Hutchinson was banished for heresy in 1638 and fled to the area that would soon become Rhode Island, a colony safer for religious minorities. The Anne Hutchinson Memorial Association and the State Federation of Women’s Clubs funded this statue, which highlights Hutchinson’s role as a spiritual guide to women—even, one could argue, as an early feminist. She looks up to the sky, Bible held to her chest, as a young girl seeks protection at her side.

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