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Famous black Civil War 54th Regiment included Vermonters

Black History Month

The famous New England Civil War regiment portrayed in the 1990 motion picture "Glory", the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, will be celebrated by area reenactors during Black History Month at Old Sturbridge Village, in Sturbridge, Mass., where some of the movie was filmed. 
The 54th was the first all-black volunteer military unit in the country. And just like the real 54th, today's reenactors include several African-American Vermonters.

The famous New England Civil War regiment portrayed in the 1990 motion picture "Glory", the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, will be celebrated by area reenactors during Black History Month at Old Sturbridge Village, in Sturbridge, Mass., where some of the movie was filmed. The 54th was the first all-black volunteer military unit in the country. And just like the real 54th, today's reenactors include several African-American Vermonters.

— The famous New England Civil War regiment portrayed in the 1990 motion picture "Glory", the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, will be celebrated by area reenactors during Black History Month at Old Sturbridge Village, in Sturbridge, Mass., where some of the movie was filmed.

The 54th was the first all-black volunteer military unit in the country. And just like the real 54th, today's reenactors will include several African-American Vermonters.

Commissioned in 1863 and commanded by white officer Robert Gould Shaw (portrayed by Matthew Broderick in the movie), the 54th distinguished itself in the Battle of Fort Wagner in South Carolina, which guarded the Port of Charleston.

Shaw and 281 soldiers were killed storming the fort.

Today, members of the Boston-based 54th keep the history of the 54th alive through battle reenactments and school appearances with a special performance at Old Sturbridge Village Feb. 23-24.

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