Who was Crispus Attucks?
Crispus Attucks is remembered as the first American to die in the colonists' fight for freedom from Great Britain. It is believed that Crispus Attucks was an escaped slave of African and Native American descent, but not much else is known about him. He was part of an angry mob that surrounded British soldiers outside the Boston Customs House in 1770. At the time, the soldiers fired on the crowd and Attucks was killed, along with four other people. The shootings were quickly dubbed the "Boston Massacre".