Colonel Robert Shaw Memorial

Beacon Hill @ Park Street

Boston's most prized public art - the Shaw Memorial - was created by Augustus Saint Gaudens. Born in 1848 in Dublin to a French father and Irish mother (Mary McGuinness of County Longford), the family sailed for Boston when Augustus was six months old. They settled in New York City, and Augustus later studied in Paris and Rome. The Shaw Memorial, which took fourteen years to complete, depicts the state's 54th Black Infantry Regiment which fought valiantly in the Civil War. Saint Gauden's work is also displayed at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, Trinity Church, and Harvard's Fogg Museum.

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