Here you see Roma Pastry Shop at their downtown location. For most of my life they were located on Lancaster street. This will be another victim of the economic times that we are currently experiencing. The Casacca family has announced that after 81 years of business they will be closing their retail location. The good news is that they will continue to operate their wholesale business and we will still be able to buy bread from a few select locations around Leominster and Fitchburg. I don't know what I would do without my Roma Italian bread.
The 54th Massachusetts Infantry was a volunteer group of African Americans who fought during the Civil War. The unit was made up of former slaves from throughout the North. The regiment was one of the first African Americans units organized in the northern states, and so it was considered an important indication of the possibilities surrounding the use of African Americans in combat.
The regiment was disbanded after the Civil War, but retains a strong legacy. A monument, constructed 1884–1897 by Augustus Saint-Gaudens on the Boston Common, is part of the Boston Black Heritage Trail. A famous composition by Charles Ives, "Col. Shaw and his Colored Regiment," the opening movement of Three Places in New England, is based both on the monument and the regiment.