Recorded September 9, 2020
To kick off our virtual panel series, Revolutionary Spaces held Introducing Reflecting Attucks a special members-only event with Mitch Kachun, Professor Emeritus of History at Western Michigan University. Mitch is the author of First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory, perhaps the most definitive work on Attucks to date, and one of the main scholarly advisors for Reflecting Attucks.
Introducing Reflecting Attucks reviews what we know about Attucks’s actions the night of the Boston Massacre, and reflect on how Americans have found inspiration in Attucks over the last 250 years.
- Mitch Kachun, Professor Emeritus of History at Western Michigan University, and author of First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory
- Nat Sheidley, President & CEO at Revolutionary Spaces
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Reflecting Attucks is a virtual exhibit that explores the memory 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 delve into Attucks’s world and look at how generations of Americans have seen their own reflection in the image of Attucks standing in the face of fierce opposition. By remembering him as a martyr, leader and courageous fighter, they fueled freedom movements that changed the course of history.
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