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Boston Massacre Site

A bronze ring with stars and the date March 5, 1770 filled with granite pavers
Memorial marking the bloodshed of March 5, 1770

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Quick Facts

Beneath the Old State House balcony, a circle of granite pavers mark the site of the Boston Massacre. On March 5, 1770, an unruly group of colonists taunted British soldiers by throwing snowballs and rocks. Firing upon the crowd, the British killed five colonists including Crispus Attucks. Boston lawyer and future American President John Adams successfully defended the soldiers in court against murder charges.

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