BLACK HISTORY 2021 - Crispus Attucks an American Revolutionary War leader and hero

"The Martin Luther King Republicans(MLKR) are proud to share the contributions of several distinguished black Americans during 2021 Black History Month. We will highlight those who participated in the founding and growth of our country. Our history in America is complex but it is a fact that we have been here since its beginning standing up for faith, family, and freedoms.

We begin with a tribute to Crispus Attucks taken from the Crispus Attucks Museum located in Indianapolis, Indiana. We encourage you to visit. I hope you enjoy And as always, please COMMENT, LIKE, and SHARE. Thank you."- Jimmy Lee Tillman, II founder, and president.


Crispus Attucks has been immortalized as the first casualty of the American Revolutionary War and the first African American hero. He was in the front line of a group 50 patriots defying British troops when suddenly shots were fired. Crispus was the first person shot and killed with two bullets in the chest in the historic event that became known as The Boston Massacre. Four men died and six were wounded, one man died later from his wounds. As an African American patriot Crispus Attucks represents the 5,000 African American soldiers who fought for an independent America.

Crispus Attucks and the American Revolution

The role of Crispus Attucks in the American Revolution is full of controversy. Was he in the wrong place at the wrong time? Did he die for freedom? Either a hero or a violent instigator, his murder stirred the revolutionary fervor and America’s fight for its liberation from the British. A few days after the Massacre the five men killed were honored in a funeral procession, said to have been attended by 10,000 people. They were followed by the crowd to the Old Granary Burial Ground on Tremont Street where they laid their bodies to rest. The Boston Massacre was so important to the citizens of Boston that its anniversary was observed every year leading up to the Independence War. Attucks was immortalized as a hero in William L. Champney’s chromolithograph, Boston Massacre, March 5th, 1770.

African hero of the American Revolution

Attucks was celebrated as “the first to defy, the first to die” by poet John Boyle O’Reilly. In 1888 a monument was built on Boston Common commemorating the death of the five men who died in the Boston Massacre: Crispus Attucks, Samuel Gray, James Caldwell, Samuel Maverick and Patrick Carr. The five men brought a preliminary victory to the American Revolution.

Crispus Attucks continues to be honored by the American public. In 1998, to commemorate the 275th anniversary of his birth, the US Mint issued a silver dollar coin in honor of Attucks. Many schools, children centers, foundations and museums are named after him representing the struggle and heroism of a black man searching for freedom.

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