Crispus Attucks is the first to die in the Boston Massacre.
1770 (Mar 5)
Crispus Attucks of Framingham, Massachusetts, an escaped enslaved Black man, died with four other Americans in the Boston Massacre. He was in the forefront of the group that taunted British soldiers during the altercation and reportedly was the first to fall from their fire. Massachusetts later honored Attucks with a statue in Boston. Attucks was born enslaved to Deacon William Brown in Framingham. In November 1750 he escaped slavery at the age of 27. In Boston, African Americans held an annual Crispus Attucks Day from 1858 to 1870.