27 October 2015

On This Day: Massachusetts executes Quakers

Many came to America to escape religious persecution. William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson, were two of those persons. They fled England in 1656 for just that reason. Massachusetts was not as welcoming as, for example, Pennsylvania was. In fact Massachusetts actually banned Quakers, also known as the Religious Society of Friends, from the colony! The penalty for being a Quaker there was death and in fact, On This Day in 1659, Massachusetts executed two Quakers for their religious beliefs. 

Source
Quakersexecuted for religious beliefs. 27 October 1659. History.com.  

 

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© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.