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National Gallery of Art presents Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens Shaw Memoria

The National Gallery of Art, Washington, presents Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens Shaw Memorial an exhibition on view from September 29, 2013, through January 5, 2014.

This exhibition celebrates Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ magisterial Shaw Memorial (1883–1900), considered by many to be one of the finest examples of 19th-century American sculpture. The monument commemorates the July 18, 1863, storming of Fort Wagner, near Charleston, South Carolina. The Civil War battle was waged by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, one of the first African American military units raised in the North. Although the 54th was defeated at Fort Wagner and almost a third of the regiment was killed—including Shaw himself—or wounded, the battle was seen as a turning point in the war: it proved that African Americans’ bravery and dedication to country equaled that of the nation’s most celebrated heroes.

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. www.nga.gov