We began this project several years ago on Memorial Day.
Memorial Day started in Civil War times and was called Decoration Day. You can read more about the origins of Decoration Day HERE.
Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, who was portrayed in the film Glory, led the 54th Massachusetts during the Civil War, an African American regiment. He was mortally wounded on July 18, 1863 at the attack on Fort Wagner, as were many of the soldiers in the regiment.
There is a street on Staten Island, NY called Davis Avenue. On October 7, 1998, the name "COLONEL ROBERT GOULD SHAW'S GLORY WAY" was added to the street between Henderson Avenue and Richmond Terrace. You can read the proclamation HERE. Shaw lived in Staten Island as a child in the West Brighton/Livingston section and some of his family continued to live on the Island. Curtis High School, located in Staten Island, was named after Shaw's brother-in-law, George William Curtis.
In honor of Shaw, the men of the 54th and Memorial Day, we have adopted 7 trees along COLONEL ROBERT GOULD SHAW'S GLORY WAY. Thank you to MillionTreesNYC for their wonderful tree adoption program. We will be tending to them throughout the year. We will also be organizing an educational session for students so they can learn more about service of individuals like Shaw and the 54th, and what honor, valor and courage truly mean.
H.E.A.L.T.H for Youths.
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