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Afro-American Monument
The Afro-American Monument--a tribute to Crispus Attucks, the first hero of the American Revolution

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Boston Massacre
March 5, 1770

The first person who was hit when the British soldiers began firing was an African American sailor named Crispus Attucks. Although not much is known about his past, it's likely that Attucks escaped slavery around 1750 and worked on whaling ships for the next 20 years. Of the five civilians who died in the Boston Massacre, Attucks is the only one who became widely known, and he became the first hero of the American Revolution.
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