Crispus Attucks – March 5, 1770

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriots of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s March 5, 1770. I’m in front of the customs house in Boston square with African-American Crispus Attucks.

JG: “Crispus, why are you shouting at the British troops?”

CA: “Johnny, these lobster backs need to go back home. They don’t belong in our homes, violating our liberties and hurting our families. The King of England must leave this land.”

Unfortunately, Mr. Attucks and four other Americans were killed that day at the Boston Massacre, feeding the flames of freedom that were spreading throughout America.

The headstone for those who lost their lives during the Boston Massacre reads, “The remains of Samuel Gray, Samuel Maverick, James Caldwell, Crispus Attucks, and Patrick Carr, victims of the Boston Massacre, March 5, 1770, were here interred by order of the Town of Boston. Here also lies buried the body of Christopher Snider, aged 12 years, killed February 22, 1770. The innocent, first victim of the struggles between the Colonists and the Crown, which resulted in Independence.”

John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.

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