This Day in History

March 5, 1770: Crispus Attucks Killed

Time Periods: Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799
Themes: African American, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
Crispus Attucks

Crispus Attucks. Source: Public Domain.

Crispus Attucks was a merchant seaman and dockworker of African and Wampanoag descent.

On March 5, 1770, he was the first person shot to death by the British during the Boston Massacre, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Here are primary documents from the Library of Congress about the trial for his murder.

Here are resources for teaching outside the textbook about the period of the American Revolution.