NEGRO RACE IN AMERICA. 63
NEGRO HEROES OF THE REVOLUTION.
Among Those whose blood was first shed for
the cause of American liberty was the runaway slave,
Crispus Attucks. Having escaped from his master,
William Brown, of Framingham, Massachusetts, at
the age of twenty-seven, being then six feet two
inches high, with " short, curled hair," he made his
way to Boston. His master in 1750 offered a
reward of ten pounds for him, but Crispus was not
found. When next heard from he turns up in the
streets of Boston.
THE LEADER WHO FELL IN THE FAMOUS BOSTON
Attucks had no doubt been listening to the fiery
eloquence of the patriots of those burning times.
The words of the eloquent Otis had kindled his soul,
and though a runaway slave, his patriotism was so
deep that he it was who sacrificed his life first on the
altar of American Liberty-
General Gage, the English commander, had
taken possession of Boston. Under the British flag