Boston Massacre, March 5th, 1770.
This chromolithographic print depicts Crispus Attucks (center) felled in the confrontation with British soldiers now known as the Boston Massacre. Eighteenth-century illustrations of the clash often whitewashed depictions of Attucks, who was of African and Native American descent. Nineteenth-century abolitionists restored Attucks’s place in the narrative by picturing him as a Black man. By emphasizing Black people’s contributions to the American Revolution, Black abolitionists argued that African Americans had always contributed to the freedoms described in the Declaration of Independence and deserved to enjoy the full privileges of American citizenship.
Currently on View at Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
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