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In Depth: “Shaw Memorial” by Augustus Saint-Gaudens

In honor of African American History Month

  • Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • West Building, Main Floor - Rotunda

Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Shaw Memorial, 1900, patinated plaster, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, New Hampshire, X.15233

This monumental sculpture commemorates the valiant efforts of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the men of the 54th Massachusetts—the first Civil War regiment of African Americans enlisted in the North. Overnight, they became legendary. Over time their valor would inspire many tributes in poetry, music, and the visual arts. This talk tells the story of their bravery under fire and their determination to fight for emancipation and full citizenship.

Julie Springer, lecturer