Bronze relief (cast in 1997), 11 by 14 feet (3.35 by 4.27 m.),
collection of SGNHS


Shaw Memorial, 1884-97

Robert Gould Shaw (1837-1863) was the son of Francis and Sarah Sturgis Shaw. He studied at Harvard before enlisting in the 7th New York Regiment in 1861. Massachusetts Governor John Andrew chose Shaw to head the 54th Regiment, the first African American regiment raised in the North. Shaw and many of his men were killed in the assault on Fort Wagner, South Carolina, on July 18, 1863.