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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1865/00/00 Joshua Benton Smith initiates a new call for a memorial in Boston. Smith, a former escaped slave, worked in the service of Col Shaw's family before he became a successful caterer. He later worked in the Massachusetts legislature. Establishment of the Shaw Memorial
1883/00/00 McKim, Mead and White Architect Shaw Memorial committee of 21 prominent Bostonians, including the abolitionist senator, Charles Sumner, award the sculpture commission to Saint-Gaudens. Establishment of the Shaw Memorial
1883/00/00 Augustus Saint-Gaudens Sculptor Shaw Memorial committee of 21 prominent Bostonians, including the abolitionist senator, Charles Sumner, award the sculpture commission to Saint-Gaudens. Establishment of the Shaw Memorial
1897/05/00 Gorham Manufacturing Company Foundry The 11x14 foot Shaw Memorial bronze cast is completed at the Gorham Company foundry in Providence, RI, at a cost of $7,000. Establishment of the Shaw Memorial
1897/05/31 Under light rain, The Shaw Memorial is unveiled. The crowd cheers, a band plays up "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and an artillery battery on the Common fires a 17 gun salute. Three warships in the harbor each fire a 21 gun salute. The Battle Hymn of the Republic Establishment of the Shaw Memorial
1900/08/18 Auguste Rodin Chairman of Arts Committee Saint-Gaudens wins the grand prize for sculpture for plaster versions of "The Sherman" and "The Shaw" and is awarded the Legion of Honor. When Auguste Rodin sees the Shaw Monument, he stops, takes off his hat and bows his head in silence. 1900 Exposition Universelle
1900/08/18 Augustus Saint-Gaudens Sculptor Saint-Gaudens wins the grand prize for sculpture for plaster versions of "The Sherman" and "The Shaw" and is awarded the Legion of Honor. When Auguste Rodin sees the Shaw Monument, he stops, takes off his hat and bows his head in silence. 1900 Exposition Universelle

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Particulars for Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment Memorial:
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Area of Significance Art
Cultural Affiliation Black American
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Landscape Architecture
Owner Local
Area of Significance Military
Historic Use Monument, Marker
Level of Significance National



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