March 5, 1770: Boston Massacre

From 1771 until 1783, Massacre Day was a public holiday in Boston, held each year to commemorate the Boston Massacre. Once America had secured independence, Boston replaced the Massacre Day holiday with Independence Day, held each July fourth. The Boston Massacre helped to turn colonial sentiment against King George III and is considered a significant event leading up to the Revolutionary War.

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American Revolution Illustrations

Over 500 illustrations of the American Revolution are available on the ClipArt ETC website.

Paul Revere Engraving

Political poster “Engraved, Printed, & Sold by Paul Revere Boston.” The poster was titled, “The bloody massacre perpetrated in King Street Boston on March 5th 1770 by a party of the 29th Regt.”

The Old State House Today

The ClipPix ETC website has photos of the Old State House. Do you recognize it from Paul Revere’s engraving?

Massacre Victims' Gravestone

This photo of the grave marker for Samuel Gray, Samuel Maverick, James Caldwell, Crisps Attucks, and Patrick Carr is from the Granary Burying Ground gallery on the ClipPix ETC website.

Paul Revere House

The ClipPix ETC website includes several dozen photos of Paul Revere’s House.

Poster PDF

We’ve created a simple line version of Paul Revere’s poster as a letter-sized PDF so you can easily print it for classroom use. The PDF is 2.8 MB, so it may take a moment to download.

Midnight Ride

Paul Revere may now be best known for his Midnight Ride, but he was known during his lifetime as a prominent Boston silversmith, engraver, and early industrialist. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.

Paul Revere Portrait

Portrait of Paul Revere, the artist who created the famous engraving of the Boston Massacre from the ClipArt ETC website.