Crispus Attucks Teapot

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Teapot
Boston, Massachusetts, or England, 1740-1760
Pewter, wood

Associated with Crispus Attucks, New England Slave and Boston Massacre
Victim

This pewter and wood teapot, said to have belonged to Crispus Attucks, may have been among the relics displayed during
celebrations of Crispus Attucks Day in Boston in the 1850s.

Alternate view of above.

Cup
Boston, Massachusetts, or England, 1740-1760
Pewter, wood

Associated with Crispus Attucks

The teapot and cup descended through
the family of Attuck's eighteenth-century slave master, William Brown of
Framingham, Massachusetts. In 1750 Attucks ran from Brown's house, apparently attempting to escape slavery by going to sea. Twenty years later, Attucks' became one of the first martyrs of the American rebellion, when he was
shot dead by British troops at the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770. In the 1850s, Boston abolitionists displayed these or similar "relics" associated with Crispus Attucks as testaments of African-Americans' contributions to American independence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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