Leaving the posh south side of Beacon Hill I saw, by chance, the Vilna Shul built in 1906, when immigrant Jews lived on the north side of Beacon Hill, and Jews from Vilna chose this large bold stained glass window set into the facade.
The shul on Phillips Streets is slowly being restored. Earlier, in the 19th century, African Americans lived on this same steep north slope. The house at 66 Phillips was the home of Lewis Hayden, once a fugitive slave.
A map of the African American Heritage Trail is available at the Museum of African American History on Joy Street. The museum is housed in the former African American Meeting House. I was moved to see the pulpit where Frederick Douglas spoke.
A creature of soft pleasures, I drank a glass of wine and ate biscotti to strengthen myself for the subway and bus ride home.