Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and his men of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Colored Infantry Unit marched past here, past the Massachusetts State House, on their way to fight in the Civil War, the first Union black regiment.
Their gallantry and courage at the Battle of Fort Wagner in South Carolina was depicted in the 1989 film Glory. Their story was first depicted here in sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens' remarkable bas relief known as the Shaw Memorial. Many feel that this bronze sculpture was the finest piece that the noted 19th century artist ever produced.
A special exhibit from July 18th running through October 31st in the picture gallery at the visitors center will celebrate the "CONSECRATION & MONUMENT: Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment.
For more on the Shaw Memorial, have a look at this National Parks website.