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It was a similarly cold night 246 years ago on March 5, 1770 when the Boston Massacre took place in front of the Old State House. Tensions were rising with 4,000 British troops occupying Boston. The military presence was considerable as Boston only had about 20,000 residents at the time. As tensions rose, an angry crowd surrounded and clashed with the British troops who fired on the colonists. In the end, five Bostonians were killed. The incident was highlighted by Paul Revere’s famous engraving, The Bloody Massacre on King Street.  Here are some photos from the March 5, 2016 reenactment put on by volunteers and sponsored by The Bostonian Society.

Photos by Matt Conti.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Hi,
    Maybe next year during reenactment an African American can be stand in for Crispus Attucks, the first casualty of the Boston massacre; better reflection of history.

    FYI, Paul

    Crispus Attucks
    Dockworker

    Crispus Attucks was the first casualty of the Boston massacre, in Boston, Massachusetts, and is widely considered to be the first American casualty in the American Revolutionary War.

    He may have been an African American slave or freeman, merchant seaman and dockworker of Wampanoag and African descent. His father was an African-born slave and his mother a Native American.[4]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crispus_Attucks

    • There was an African American present at the reenactment portraying Crispus Attucks. He has participated in the event for a few years now.

  2. Alex, thanks for the quick reply. Great to hear! I wasn’t able to attend, and wasn’t clear from available photos and article. Best Regards.

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