This memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment depicts Colonel Shaw and his regiment marching down Beacon Street in the spring of 1883. The colonel and his all-black voluntary infantry made history during the Civil War by being the first all-black regiment in the northeast.
The memorial, a bronze relief sculpture, depicts Colonel Shaw and his men with a tribute to his service and ultimate death during the Second Battle of Fort Wagner. Shaw's leadership of an all-black unit inspired other African-Americans to enlist and fight for the Union, helping achieve its ultimate victory.
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