The idea of a memorial to Shaw and the 54th in Boston was proposed in 1865 by Joshua Smith, a successful African American businessman who had worked for the Shaw family when Robert Gould Shaw was a child and Smith a fugitive slave. Smith and Governor Andrew organized a committee which, through starts and stalls, raised over $16,000 by 1881.
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IntroductionThe ArtistHistorical BackgroundThe Memorial and Its ConservationThe ExhibitionTeaching Resources

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