- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 11, 2007

The National Gallery of Art’s upcoming renovations will mean that starting March 1, some of its prized works will retreat from public view for an indeterminate period of time. One of them has special relevance now, during Black History Month: Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial, a gleaming 15-by-18-by-3-foot tribute to Col. Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment. The infantry unit was the first black regiment from the North to fight for the Union in the Civil War (also commemorated in the film “Glory”), and included Frederick Douglass’ sons Charles and Lewis. Dedicated in 1897, the sculpture is currently displayed in the gallery’s West Building along with several rare, early plaster sketches. Admission is free; the gallery (Constitution between Third and Seventh streets Northwest) is open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more details, visit www.nga.gov or call 202/737-4215.

Jenny Mayo

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