CRISPUS ATTUCKS – Crispus Attucks was the first casualty of the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770. His father was said to be an American of African descent and his mother a Nantucket Indian. Attucks, an escaped slave, became a sailor working on a Boston whaling ship. Like other laborers and sailors of the day, he feared impressment (capture) by the British Navy, and forced labor. The British captured American sailors of any race. On Facebook I learned of Crispus Attucks from the eponymous Tea Party group.