Reflecting Attucks is an exhibit and digital experience highlighting the life and legacy of Crispus Attucks, a man of African and Native descent who was the first to die at the Boston Massacre, an act of protest widely viewed as a turning point on the road to American Revolution. Over the next several months, we will explore who Crispus Attucks was, and what his legacy has meant to generations of activists fighting for a more just, equitable world.
African American leaders in late 19th century Boston fought to create a lasting monument to Crispus Attucks on Boston Common. They forged a broad coalition of supporters, including Irish American leaders, and ultimately prevailed in creating a monument to Attucks and the other victims of the Boston Massacre, whom opponents cast as “hoodlums, rioters and ruffians.”
Monumental Attucks will explore the story of the monument’s creation, and reflect on how monuments bring us together and when they drive us apart. Panelists include:
Robert Bellinger, Associate Professor of History at Suffolk University, and author of Monuments, Memorials and Historic Sites, New England’s Visible Black History in Photographs
Millington W. Bergeson-Lockwood, author of Race Over Party: Black Politics and Partisanship in Late 19th Century Boston
Mitch Kachun, Professor Emeritus of History at Western Michigan University, and author of First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory.
Byron Rushing, former Massachusetts State Representative and past president of the Museum of Afro-American History.
This event is generously sponsored by the Lowell Institute. Visit www.lowellinstitute.org to learn more. Please note that by registering to attend this event, you will be added to Revolutionary Spaces’ mailing and newsletter list. You are able to opt out at any time. Thank you!