The Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial
A historic event for America.
A historic event for America
The vast majority of travel guides and history books about Boston all refer to and recommend this monumental tribute to the first African-American regiment in the American Civil War. Commanded by Robert Gould Shaw, this brave troop of African-Americans, the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, voluntarily enlisted to fight in the American Civil War. Its members came from all over the North of the country and from places as far away as the Caribbean. This event, made possible by the Abraham Lincoln Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, signified a real turning point in the fight against racism, which still continued in certain parts of the country. This commemorative monument can be admired on Beacon Street, in front of the Massachusetts State House.