The Red Scare in Wayland

On the night of June 8, 1954, the Wayland School Committee convened a public hearing to determine whether Anne P. Hale Jr., a second grade teacher in the Wayland Center School, should be dismissed because of her membership in the Communist Party between 1938 and 1950. The proceedings filled eight June evenings and attracted audiences ranging up to an estimated 700 attendees before ending on June 25. The Committee then reviewed the evidence produced during the hearing, prepared a report of its conclusions and fired Miss Hale.

Thus begins a fascinating true tale from Wayland’s and First Parish’s past, described in a carefully researched article by First Parish member Bob Mainer. To read on, click here: The Red Scare in Wayland, by Bob Mainer.