Born into slavery in Framingham, MA. His mother was a member of the Wampanoag Nation on Nantucket and his father was kidnapped from Africa. Known as the first martyr of the American Revolution, Attucks ran away to liberate himself when he was 27 years old. He was killed by British soldiers in the Boston Massacre in 1770, after leading protestors who were outraged by the British government’s restrictions and laws.

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