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Boston in Suffolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Monument

 
 
The Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 19, 2014
1. The Monument Marker
Inscription.  The Shaw - 54th Regiment Memorial honors Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and members of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment who died in the assault on Fort Wagner, South Carolina, July 18, 1863. The 54th was the first regiment of Black volunteers from the North to fight in the Civil War. On the back of the monument are inscribed the names of the members of the 54th who died with Colonel Shaw in the cause of freedom and union. The monument was erected through private donations and given to the City of Boston in 1897. It became part of Boston African - American National Historic Site in 1980. Funds contributed from across the United States made possible its restoration in 1982 - 84.
 
Topics. This historical marker and monument is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is July 18, 1994.
 
Location. 42° 21.454′ N, 71° 3.809′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker is on Beacon Street west of Park Street, on the right when traveling east. This historical marker is located on the sidewalk, in front of
The Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 19, 2014
2. The Monument Marker
View of the historical marker located in the foreground, on the sidewalk, directly in front of a tree, in the area in front of (and slightly to the right of) The Shaw - 54th Regiment Memorial Monument.
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(and slightly to the right of) The Shaw - 54th Regiment Memorial, and directly across the street from the Massachusetts State House building. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boston MA 02108, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sculptor (here, next to this marker); Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment (a few steps from this marker); Beacon Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); General Joseph Hooker (within shouting distance of this marker); Arrival of the Frigate Arbella (within shouting distance of this marker); John Hancock Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Dyer (within shouting distance of this marker); Chester Harding House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
 
Also see . . .  Dedication of the Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts...(MA Historical Society). An article on the memorial and its dedication by the Massachusetts Historical Society. Includes a photo of the dedication (unfortunately not reproducible here).
"At the unveiling and the dedication of the memorial, which stands between two elm trees on Boston Common facing the Massachusetts State House, Henry Lee presented the monument to the City of Boston on May 31, 1897. The dedication ceremony which took place at Boston's old Music Hall included
The Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 19, 2014
3. The Monument Marker
View, looking west on Beacon Street, of the historical marker located in the far background, on the sidewalk, directly in front of the girl in the green top, in the area in front of (and slightly to the right of) The Shaw - 54th Regiment Memorial Monument.
addresses by Lee, Massachusetts Governor Roger Wolcott, Boston Mayor Josiah Quincy, William James, and Booker T. Washington. At the head of the procession, shown in this photograph, were the remaining officers and soldiers of the Mass. 54th including, as flagbearer, Sergeant William H. Carney of the 54th, who would be the first Black man to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor three years later."
(Submitted on June 29, 2021.) 
 
The Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 19, 2014
4. The Monument Marker
View from across the street of the historical marker located on the sidewalk, directly in front of a tree, in the area in front of (and slightly to the right of) The Shaw - 54th Regiment Memorial Monument.
The Shaw - 54th Regiment Memorial Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 19, 2014
5. The Shaw - 54th Regiment Memorial Monument
View from the reverse of the Shaw - 54th Regiment Memorial Monument, looking towards the Massachusetts State House.
The Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, June 14, 2021
6. The Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 451 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 23, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   6. submitted on June 29, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.

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May. 28, 2022