For over 50 years in the 19th century, this house on Joy Street, formerly 12 Belknap Street, served as the home of several Black Bostonians, including community activists and at least two known Underground Railroad operative.1

John Telemachus Hilton, a barber, lived here briefly in 1831. Hilton has become the namesake of this home due to his political activity as a member of the Black Beacon Hill community. He spoke out against slavery, supported integration, helped found the Massachusetts…

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