Blog Post: How picturing the Boston Massacre matters

Grade Range: 8-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials
Date Posted: 9/4/2020

“Maybe this painting looks familiar. A long row of red-coated soldiers. A cloud of gun smoke engulfing the street. Falling bodies.

But not every depiction of the Boston Massacre puts an African American man at the center. Doing so asks for reflection, and not just because this painting is on a mirror. Tracing the ways this man and the massacre have been interpreted, starting from the moment the smoke cleared, can help us think about what the massacre means today—250 years later.”

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