Boston honors Crispus Attucks with Commemoration Day

Learn more about the first man who died in the Boston Massacre.

The location of the Boston Massacre outside the Old State House.

This is where the Boston Massacre took place in 1770.

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City of Boston officials have declared that Sunday, March 5 is Crispus Attucks Commemoration Day.

Curious who that is?

Crispus was a former enslaved person from Framingham, a sailor, and an experienced dockworker who is more widely known as the first person killed in the Boston Massacre.

On March 5, 1770, tension rose to new heights between the British officers and the Colonists, and a fight started outside what is now known as the Old State House. He was the first of five killed that day. As the first casualty of the Revolutionary War, Crispus has become a symbol of freedom and patriotism.

See the Boston Massacre location and more revolutionary places on the Freedom Trail.