Massachusetts Fifty-fourth

The Shaw Memorial commemorates the brave African-American regiment that fought "themselves" to "strike the blow" against slavery in the Civil War. The 54th became famous for its audacious attack on the heavily protected Fort Wagner, which guarded the port of Charleston, South Carolina.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Shaw Memorial (detail), 1900, patinated plaster, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, New Hampshire

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