“Only One of Bell Post Is Able To Join Shaw Memorial Rites”

Documents, Historical Images

May 31, 1934

Boston Globe

Boston, Massachusetts

page 2


This photograph from a Boston Globe May 31, 1934 article depicts William Jackson (center), one of the last three remaining members of the Robert A. Bell Post, 134, G.A.R.. In 1934, William Jackson participated in the Memorial Day exercises at the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial. Behind Jackson stands a ceremonial wreath from the Robert A. Bell Post.


Questions to Consider

  1. Why was it important for veterans of the Robert A. Bell Post to participate in Memorial Day exercises?
  2. How did the Memorial Day exercises help fulfill the Bell Post’s goal of influencing Civil War memory?




Left to Right – Albert De Leon of the Sons of Veterans, William Jackson of the G. A. R. and G. A. Worthington of William E. Carter Post, A. L.


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