Civil War Sculpture

— NPR's Susan Stamberg reports on the sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens that depicts Colonel Robert Shaw and men from the 54th Massachusetts regiment, the first official black regiment to fight for the Union in the Civil War. This life-size plaster version, which has been spray painted a bronze color, served as the model Saint-Gaudens used to make the actual bronze sculpture, which has stood on Boston Common since 1897.

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