Boston black history on a smartphone
Location: Across Beacon Street from the State House
After President Lincoln allowed black soldiers to enlist to fight in the Civil War, the 54th Regiment became the first black unit to be recruited in the North. The regiment was commanded by Robert Gould Shaw, a white man from a prominent family. Sergeant William Carney became the first black recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for valiantly saving the American flag from Confederate hands even though he was wounded three times. The regiment was depicted in the film, "Glory," starring Denzel Washington.