Inside the Heinz Memorial Chapel of the University of Pittsburgh, where my daughter Clara just graduated, I was astonished to look up at a stained-glass window and find Anne Hutchinson. She is dressed in blue, with white coif and collar, standing before a man and three women, teaching. Her right hand is raised, one finger pointing toward the heavens. To the left of her hand is the Holy Spirit.
The transept windows of the nondenominational chapel portray figures both sacred and secular that represent tolerance, courage, temperance, and truth. The figures include Florence Nightingale, Pocahontas, Lewis and Clark, Abigail Adams, Beethoven, Leonardo da Vinci, Mary Magdalene, Abraham Lincoln, Emily Dickinson, Saint Francis, Benjamin Franklin, and Leif Ericsson.
Eve LaPlante is the author, most recently, of the biography Marmee & Louisa and the editor of My Heart Is Boundless.