One of the interesting artifacts in the President's Office is a replica of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment cap. Colonel Robert Gould Shaw (1837-1863), a Unitarian, led the 54th Regiment which was the first African American regiment allowed to bear arms and fight in the Civil War.
The Shaw Memorial, built in 1897, is on Beacon Street, just a few yards from 25 Beacon St., in front of the Massachusetts State House. The bronze sculpture by Saint-Gaudens depicts Shaw leading the regiment during the Civil War. The story of Shaw and his regiment has been dramatically reenacted in the movie Glory.