Robert Gould Shaw Memorial

Beacon Hill & Boston Common

The magnificent bas-relief memorial opposite the State House was sculpted by Augustus St Gaudens. It honors the 54th Massachusetts Regiment of the Union Army, the nation's first all-black Civil War regiment, depicted in the 1989 film Glory. This is also the starting point for the Black Heritage Trail.

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Nearby Beacon Hill & Boston Common attractions

1. Boston Athenaeum

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Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenaeum is an old and distinguished private library, having hosted the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne…

2. Massachusetts State House

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High atop Beacon Hill, Massachusetts’ leaders and legislators attempt to turn their ideas into concrete policies and practices within the State House…

3. Park St Church

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Shortly after the construction of Park St Church, powder for the War of 1812 was stored in the basement, earning this location the moniker ‘Brimstone…

4. Granary Burying Ground

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Dating from 1660, this atmospheric atoll is crammed with historic headstones, many with evocative (and creepy) carvings. This is the final resting place…

5. Blaxton Plaque

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The 50-acre Boston Common is the country’s oldest public park. If you have any doubt, refer to the plaque emblazoned with the words of the treaty between…

6. Brewer Fountain

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Dating to 1868, this lovely bronze fountain depicts four aquatic deities from antiquity.

7. Nichols House Museum

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This 1804 town house offers the rare opportunity to peek inside one of these classic Beacon Hill beauties. Attributed to Charles Bulfinch, it is unique in…

8. Great Elm Site

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Now marked by a plaque, the Great Elm stood on this site for more than 200 years. History has it that the tree was used for public executions in the 17th…