The New Life Missionary Baptist Church in Newtonville, New Jersey has recently recognized Crispus Attucks, a black former slave who was the first to die in the Boston Massacre in 1770, by renaming a road after him. The Boston Massacre, also known as the Boston riot, was an incident that led to the deaths of five civilians at the hands of British redcoats on March
5, 1770, the legal aftermath of which helped spark the rebellion in some of the British American colonies, which culminated in the American Revolutionary War. The changing of the street name, which was previously known as “No Name Road”, was to honor this man who died for freedom. The
ceremony marks the beginning of Black History Month. Rev. Horace G. Worthington III also wants to create a Crispus Attucks Society to honor the memory of the historical figure and to teach people about the town’s African-American history.