The Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial is an iconic Boston landmark located on Boston Common, opposite the Massachusetts State House. The Memorial is a commanding work of art, symbolizing not only a historic event but also the ever-unfolding American story of the fight against racism. Since the memorial’s installation in 1897, the the foundation beneath the bas-relief has deteriorated to such an extent that a major restoration is required. The costs for this work will be borne by the National Park Service, the City of Boston, and the Friends of the Public Garden with significant support from the Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust.

In partnership with the Museum of African American History, there will be a series of concurrent free public community events and activities to deepen the ongoing conversations about race, freedom, and justice through the utilization of historic sites and landscapes as platforms for dialogue. The Friends is seeking institutions and individuals interested in supporting these important programs and events.

Sponsorship benefits include recognition at all events, on signage along the fence on Boston Common for the full period of restoration, on the project web page with linkage to sponsor sites, and recognition on social media channels.

If interested in this unique and significant opportunity, please contact Mary Halpin at the Friends of the Public Garden through email,, or by calling (617)–723–8144.