Thursday, March 20, 2008

Anne Hutchinson


Statue of Anne Hutchinson on the front lawn of the Massachusetts State House. She was exiled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for her religious beliefs and because she offended the mores of Puritan society. Her particular "heresy" was to maintain that it was a blessing and not a curse to be a woman, making her perhaps the first American feminist.

Inscription on the statue:
In Memory of
Anne Marbury Hutchinson
Baptized at Alford
Licolnshire England
20 - July 1595
Killed by the Indians
at East Chester New York 1643
Courageous Exponent
of Civil Liberty
and Religious Toleration

5 comments:

George Townboy said...

Great shot; interesting post!

(One never knows what will be a blessing or a curse.)

Isadora said...

:) With the attitudes then, they made being a woman a curse. Good for her not letting them all do the same. It IS a blessing (you hear me George) to be a woman. At least, I always thought so. :)

Carletta said...

I saw your comments on George Townboy's site that I loved and wanted to steal;) I popped over here to look around. I love your shot today. I like the starkness of the statue against the building and especially the reflections of the trees.
I really like the blocks of glass in the previous post.
Nice Blog.

Zsolt said...

I love the shadows in the background!

smilnsigh said...

Well, the Puritans didn't finish her off. But the Indians did. Poor brave woman.