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Transcript of Crispus Attucks
Crispus Attucks was born in 1723 into slavery. He ran away from his master in Framingham to Nantucket Massachusetts, but was never caught. He found work whaling, fishing, and even as a rope maker.
The following was posted in the Boston Gazette about Attucks on October 2nd, 1750 after he ran away:
“Ran away from his Master William Brown from Framingham, on the 30th of Sept. last, a Molatto Fellow, about 27 Years of age, named Crispas, 6 Feet two Inches high, short curl’d Hair, his Knees nearer together than common: had on a light colour’d Bearskin Coat.”
Crispus Attucks was an African American sailor and the first of five to die during the Boston Massacre. He is still one of the most important people in African American history.
When tension increased between the colonies and Britain, Attucks was closely affected. He worked as a seaman and was constantly threatened by the fact that he could have been forced into the British navy.
Crispus Attucks was the first person to die during the Boston Massacre. A British soldier was accused of not paying his barber and conflict between a group of colonists and soldiers soon started. Colonist threw snowballs and other objects at the soldiers and shots were fired.
The soldiers shot and killed five colonists, and left six injured. Attucks was the first to die. He died from two shots to the chest.
Samuel Gray, James Caudwell, Samuel Maverick, and Patrick Carr were the other four men who died during the massacre. All the men were buried together.
Crispus Attucks is still viewed as a very important figure in African American history. He was talked about by Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964 for having "moral courage".
In the mid nineteenth century, African Americans from Boston celebrated Crispus Attucks Day every year on March 5th.
Painting of the Boston Massacre
Graves of casualties of the Boston Massacre