Monuments and Memory | BRIdge from the Past: Art Across U.S. History
How do we choose to remember past events, and what does that say about us? Mary and Gary explore the "Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts Fifty-Fourth Regiment" by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1884 - 1897). Shaw was a Union officer of the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first all African American military units. Nearly half of the regiment, including Shaw, would be killed, captured, or wounded at the Battle of Fort Wagner in 1863. What does the story of the monument reveal about the challenges African Americans faced fighting in the Civil War? What can we learn from this regiment's bravery?