Michael Johnson.

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Michael Johnson was born in Framingham, Massachusetts back around 1723.  He worked as a sailor on a whaler spending much of his time at sea.  He also found work among the docks along the Atlantic seaboard.

In 1768, British soldiers were sent to Boston to control growing colonial unrest.  Instead of controlling the Americans, their presence served to further inflame them.  On March 5, 1770 according to reports he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.   For you see Michael Johnson was an alias for Crispus Attucks, the first person killed in the Boston Massacre.  Therefore, he was the first American and an African-American killed in the American Revolution.  It is believed he took the alias because he was an escaped slave according to what I’ve read.

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Comments (18)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 

Dec 22, 2020 01:30 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... amazing that this heroe's name is mentioned in no history lessons.

Dec 22, 2020 04:05 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

As Crispus Attucks, I know the name from a book I read.

Riots even today end in unhappy endings.

Make yourself an astonishing day.


Dec 22, 2020 04:47 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

First and foremost it is very sad to me that he had to escape from being a slave.

Dec 22, 2020 05:07 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

History hides many facts that are never written in the history books.

Dec 22, 2020 05:09 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Now that's a first I would not want to lay claim to... being the first killed in a war James Dray .  I wonder why they chose him, was he acting revolutionary?

Dec 22, 2020 05:32 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Now this man is a patriot and  I thank you for sharing 🎅

Merry Christmas week James Dray 

Dec 22, 2020 05:47 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Have heard the name Crispus Attucks but never knew the story. Thanks! Enjoy your day.

Dec 22, 2020 05:58 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Dec 22, 2020 07:03 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James Dray thank you for a story so important in the history of our great nation

Dec 22, 2020 07:04 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I like his real name so much better, and like. Nina Hollander expressed, he should be in history books.  A

Dec 22, 2020 08:22 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Somehow, I feel like we are marching head first into another revolution. Hope not.

Dec 22, 2020 08:33 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James and thanks for another history lesson for us here in the rain.  Make it a great day!


Dec 22, 2020 10:38 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - This is why we read your post.  I would never have thought to look up who the first person killed in the Revolutionary War.  Now I know...

Dec 22, 2020 05:26 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Like so many that you share, this is not someone I had heard of or knew anything about.

Dec 22, 2020 05:46 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- there are so many people who influenced our country and the course it took but we know very little of them. 

Dec 22, 2020 05:55 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James indeed this is one name  Barbara Todaro  and I are very familiar with:)Endre

Dec 22, 2020 09:24 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I know a family who traced their ancestry that the loyalist ancesters left Boston for Ontario to escape the Boston unrest. Some how the decendents walked back to Detroit and bacame Americans again.


Jan 20, 2021 10:11 AM