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Crispus Attucks

Crispus AttucksBorn: 1723
Birthplace: Framingham, MA
Died: 5-Mar-1770
Location of death: Boston, MA
Cause of death: War
Remains: Buried, Granary Burial Ground, Boston, MA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Activist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: First man killed in the American Revolution

Attucks, an escaped slave, was present in a crowd of protesters in Boston when they were fired on by British troops on 5 March 1770. Four whites -- Samuel Gray, James Caldwell, Samuel Maverick, and Patrick Carr -- and one black, Attucks, were killed in the volleys, now termed the Boston Massacre. Traditionally he is considered the first man killed in the American Revolution, though there is some debate about whether or not this is accurate.

Future president John Adams defended the soldiers against murder charges. He described the protesters as "a motley rabble of saucy boys, negroes and molattoes, Irish teagues and outlandish jack tarrs."

Father: Prince Yonger (b. Africa)
Mother: Nancy Attucks
Sister: Phebe

    Born into Slavery
    Escaped from Slavery Framingham, MA (30-Sep-1750)
    Shot Boston Massacre (5-Mar-1770)



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