In 1981, the first capital campaign the Friends of the Public Garden facilitated was to restore the Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial and to set up an endowment for its care. Now, just months away from the organization’s 50th anniversary, the Friends are revisiting that early project.
After decades of tough Boston weather, the memorial has experienced deterioration that needs significant construction attention. The Friends of the Public Garden group has partnered with the City of Boston, the National Park Service and the Museum of African American History to get the job done. According to Michael Creasey, National Parks of Boston general superintendent, drainage and water corrosion issues will be addressed in the restoration. The team will also earthquake-proof the public art piece.