On view Sunday, September 15th - Monday, January 20th, 2014
"To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Wagner, the Gallery presents an exhibition celebrating the magisterial Shaw Memorial by Augustus Saint-Gaudens that honors Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first regiments of African American soldiers formed during the Civil War. The exhibition includes daguerreotype, tintype, and carte-de-visite portraits of the soldiers, the people who recruited them, and the women who nursed, taught, and guided them. Letters, a recruiting poster, and the Medal of Honor awarded to the African American soldier whose actions first earned this distinction are displayed, as is work by Lewis Hine, Richard Benson, Carrie Mae Weems, and William Earle Williams, who have reflected on the continuing importance of the 54th, the Battle of Fort Wagner, and the Shaw Memorial."
Main Floor Galleries, M65–66