In the summer of 2020 work began on the restoration of the Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment Memorial located in Boston Massachusetts. The Memorial recognizes the first all-volunteer Black regiment of the Union Army during the Civil War. The entire memorial, all the bronze and stone, was completely removed from the Boston Common, across the street from the Massachusetts State House.
The bronze bas-relief was restored, new waterproofing installed underneath the memorial’s location, and everything else was replaced, including a new concrete foundation built under the bronze and the pinning of the bronze to the marble structure that surrounds it, as well as the entire monument being stabilized.
The work, which was originally supposed to take 5 to 6 months, was delayed due to COVID, as well as other factors. On Wednesday June 1st, the memorial was rededicated in a public ceremony, which included reenactors, representing the 54th Regiment’s Company A.
The memorial originally returned to the Boston Common about a year ago and the ceremony marked the end of the multi-year restoration project, which cost 3 million dollars. The project was a partnership between the National Park Service, Friends of the Public Garden, the Museum of African American History, Boston & Nantucket, and the city of Boston.
To learn more about the restoration project, and the Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial, click here.