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Augustus Saint-Gaudens' "Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment"


The monumental Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment commemorates the first African American infantry unit from the North to fight for the Union during the Civil War. The relief, by the 19th-century American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, depicts Colonel Shaw and the 54th marching into battle. This was the regiment whose courageous assault on Fort Wagner, South Carolina, was recounted in the movie Glory.

The Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment loan packet includes:

  • a 16-page booklet
  • an image CD or slideset with 20 works of art
  • a poster with information and activities on the back.


Saint-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial
(PDF 584kb, 16 pages)

Images Related to the Shaw Memorial

Shaw Memorial by Augustus Saint-Gaudens poster
(PDF 685kb)

Studio Lesson: Interpreting Photographs (PDF 66kb)

Curriculum Connections to the Shaw Memorial (PDF 877kb)

These files are in PDF format and require Adobe Reader.


Saint-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial (with image CD)

Saint-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial (with slides)

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