This "From the Collection" written by the Society’s librarian, Bertram Lippincott, examines a painting depicting the hanging of Mary Dyer. Mary Dyer's execution was the last capital punishment for heresy in the English-speaking world aside from, arguably, the Salem witch trials. No event better mirrors the political and spiritual struggle between the Puritan theocracy of Boston and the unusual, sweeping freedoms offered by the Rhode Island colony.
Lippincott, Bertram III
"From the Collection: Mary Dyer Being Led to the Scaffold,"
Newport History: Vol. 67
, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol67/iss232/4