Friday, January 2, 2009

Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Regiment


Across from the State House is the Robert Gould Shaw Monument built in 1897 in honor of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, the first all-Black regiment recruited in the North to fight for the Union army during the Civil War. The monument by Augustus Saint-Gaudens is part of the Boston Black Heritage Trail. A famous composition by Charles Ives, "Col. Shaw and his Colored Regiment," the opening movement of Three Places in New England, is based both on this monument and the regiment.

9 comments:

Joy said...

A wonderful photo that depicts history. Like it!

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Laurie said...

What a great photo!

Marc said...

Must have been a cold and tough walk through the snow. From an aesthetical point of view the white contrasts very nicely with the black though.

Steve Buser said...

Even after all these years, trudging through the snow.

Eki Akhwan said...

With its golden dome, Massachusetts's State House is very beautiful. Been there there three times, and this relief across it is one thing I remember about the Boston Common.

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you too.

Kane H said...

Hey! It's good to see a Boston Daily Photo blog. I'm up in Cambridge myself - wish I had the time to dedicate to a Cambridge one. Keep up the good work!

George Townboy said...

Awesome capture with the snow!

Ken Mac said...

good shots! Glad i found your blog.

Kim said...

Very cool shot with the snow cover! Nice capture!