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Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial

Monument of a man on a horse with multiple soldiers marching around him.
The Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Massachusetts Regiment Memorial on Boston Common.

Elizabeth Ann Jordan

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The Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial commemorates one of the first Black regiments from the north to serve in the Civil War. Colonel Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Infantry Regiment helped overcome public opposition to Blacks serving in the armed forces through their bravery at the battle of Fort Wagner, South Carolina. Their actions inspired the enlistment of nearly 200,000 African Americans in the United States military during the Civil War.

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Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment - Boston African American National Historic Site

Last updated: April 7, 2021