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Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts Fifty-fourth Regiment

Commissioned from the celebrated American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens in the early 1880s and dedicated as a monument in 1897, the Shaw Memorial has been acclaimed as the greatest American sculpture of the nineteenth century. The memorial commemorates the valor of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the men of the Massachusetts Fifty-fourth Regiment, the first Civil War unit of African Americans enlisted in the North.

The Shaw Memorial Project is made possible by
the generous support of The Circle of the National Gallery of Art
Additional support is provided by Shell Oil Company Foundation
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