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Crispus Attucks (circa 1723 - March 5, 1770), was the first of five people killed in the Boston Massacre. He has been frequently named as the first martyr for the cause of American Independence and was the only person of the five killed in the event whose name is commonly remembered.
Described as mulatto in contemporary accounts, Attucks was of African and Native American ancestry.
In the early 1800s, as the Abolitionist movement gained momentum in Boston, Attucks was lauded as an example of an African American who played a heroic role in the history of the United States. In 1858, Boston-area Abolitionists established " " In 1888, a monument honoring him was erected on Boston Common.
Since slavery and racial discrimination were conditions of life in the 1700s, few accounts of Black American heroes from that era survive to the present.
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