Tell It with Pride
The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
This evening event celebrates the exhibition Tell it with Pride, which focuses on the legendary Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Infantry — one of the first regiments of African American soldiers formed during the Civil War, whose heroism was dramatized in the 1989 film Glory. Take a tour of the exhibition and view sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ iconic memorial to the 54th. See early photographic portraits of soldiers, recruiters (Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth), and nurses and guides (Clara Barton, Harriet Tubman). A selection of works by modern artists inspired by the 54th attests to the regiment’s enduring legacy. The evening also includes a performance of Forward 54th!, a theatrical retelling of the regiment’s heroic attempt to capture Fort Wagner in Charleston harbor on July 18, 1863. History comes to life through the dramatic recreation of events as seen by four different witnesses to this epic Civil War battle. Don’t miss this evening of art, education activities, food, and fun!