Hannah Duston, the original North Shore tough girl

Located in Haverhill Massachusetts, this 1861 monument is believed to be the first public statue depicting a woman to be erected in the United States.

In the winter of 1697 Hannah Duston (also spelled Dustin) and twelve other villagers were kidnapped during an Indian raid that killed twenty seven, including Hannah’s baby. They were tortured and marched toward Canada to be sold into slavery. After several days the group was divided and Hannah and two others were left with a party of twelve Indians. They managed to kill ten of the captors with hatchets as they slept, and the remaining two, a woman and a boy, ran into the wilderness badly injured. The captives escaped in a canoe, but turned back moments later to collect the scalps of the Indians as proof of their ordeal.