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National Gallery of Art


Gregory Annenberg Weingarten is a patron of Washington, DC’s National Gallery of Art, funding arts education initiatives such as an exhibition and memorial honoring the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. This Army unit was comprised of African American soldiers who served with great distinction in the Civil War.

The Shaw Memorial

“Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial, unveiled in 1897, is a monument considered by many to be the greatest American sculpture of the 19th century.  It celebrates the valiant efforts of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the men of the 54th Massachusetts, the first Civil War regiment of African Americans, who served the North with great distinction.

The exhibit commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Wagner, a milestone event because it proved to all that the African-American regiment was comprised of exemplary soldiers who served with bravery and dedication equal to the nation’s most-celebrated heroes.  The show included innovative educational opportunities, including school tours for more than 2,500 students and an Evening with Educators workshop for Washington-area teachers.

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2013 – Exhibition – “Tell It With Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial”

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Abraham Bogardus, Major Martin Robison Delany, c. 1865, albumen print, Courtesy of the National Park Service, Gettysburg National Military Park

Unknown Photographer, Unidentified Private, Company I, 54th Massachusetts Regiment, 1863, ambrotype, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Case and Getchell, Sergeant Major Lewis H. Douglass, 1863, albumen print, Frederick Douglass Collection, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University

Fifth graders re-create the Shaw Memorial in a tableau vivant at the National Gallery. Copyright 2012 National Gallery of Art

Actors in the Gallery commissioned play, Forward, 54th!, inspired by the art of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, delighted audiences in the Gallery’s West Building September 2013 – March 2014

Abraham Bogardus, Major Martin Robison Delany, c. 1865, albumen print, Courtesy of the National Park Service, Gettysburg National Military Park

Unknown Photographer, Unidentified Private, Company I, 54th Massachusetts Regiment, 1863, ambrotype, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Case and Getchell, Sergeant Major Lewis H. Douglass, 1863, albumen print, Frederick Douglass Collection, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University

Fifth graders re-create the Shaw Memorial in a tableau vivant at the National Gallery. Copyright 2012 National Gallery of Art

Actors in the Gallery commissioned play, Forward, 54th!, inspired by the art of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, delighted audiences in the Gallery’s West Building September 2013 – March 2014


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