On March 5th, 1770 five male civilians were murdered and six others were injured on this site by the British during what is known as the Boston Massacre.
[pullquote]John Adams, the cousin of the Revolutionary leader Samuel Adams wrote “the foundation of American independence was laid on March 5, 1770”.[/pullquote]
The relationship between Britain and its colonies started to crumble at that point in history. The Boston Tea Party later on reinforced that sentiment.
The incident also known as “the incident on King Street” fueled Paul Revere and Samuel Adams Revolutionary cause against the British authorities.
Paul Revere’s colored engraved illustration (inspired from the original scene depicted by Henry Pelham) was used as a very proficient propaganda throughout the thirteen colonies to fuel animosity towards the British occupation.
In the center of the King’s Street (now state Street) monument is a five pointed star representing the 5 deaths enclosed by 6 cobblestones, representing the six wounded. The thirteen cobblestone spokes represent the original thirteen colonies.