Boston Supporters Making of the Memorial Supporting the 54th

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Boston abolitionist and caterer Joshua Bowen Smith supported and fed Civil War soldiers who passed through the city. After the Battle of Fort Wagner, Smith advocated for the creation of a memorial to honor Colonel Robert Gould Shaw.

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Photograph, 1871.
Image: 8.1 cm x 5.5 cm; whole page (visible in large image): 22.5 cm x 15.1 cm
From Portraits of American Abolitionists (a collection of images of individuals representing a broad spectrum of viewpoints in the slavery debate)
Photo. 81.587

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