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Kent in Portage County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Kent State University

May 4, 1970

 
 
Side One - Kent State University Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 17, 2013
1. Side One - Kent State University Marker
Inscription. In 1968, Richard Nixon won the presidency partly based on a campaign promise to end the Vietnam War. Though the war seemed to be winding down, on April 30, 1970, Nixon announced the invasion of Cambodia, triggering protests across college campuses. On Friday, May 1, an anti-war rally was held on the Commons at Kent State University. Protestors called for another rally to be held Monday, May 4. Disturbances in downtown Kent that night caused city officials to ask Governor James Rhodes to send the Ohio National Guard to maintain order. Troops put on alert Saturday afternoon were called to campus Saturday evening after an ROTC building was set on fire. Sunday morning in a press conference that was also broadcast to the troops on campus, Rhodes vowed to “eradicate the problem” of protests at Kent State.

Continued from Other Side

On Sunday May 4, 1970, Kent State students protested on the Commons regarding the U.S. invasion of Cambodia and the presence of the National Guard to campus to quell demonstrations. Guard troops advanced, driving students past Taylor Hall. A small group of protestors taunted the Guard from the Prentice Hall parking lot. The National Guard marched back to the Pagoda where members of Company A, 145th Infantry, and Troop G, 107th Armored Cavalry, turned and fired 61-67 shots during
Side Two - Kent State University Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 17, 2013
2. Side Two - Kent State University Marker
the thirteen seconds. Four students were killed, Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer, and William Schroeder. Nine students were wounded –Alan Canfora, John Clearly, Thomas Grace, Dean Kahler, Joseph Lewis, D. Scott MacKenzie, James Russell, Robert Stamps, and Douglas Wrentmore. Those shot were 20 to 245 yards away from the Guard. The Report of the Presidentís Commission on Campus Unrest concluded that the shootings were “unnecessary, unwarranted, and inexcusable.”
 
Erected 2006 by Kent State University-The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 67-8.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 9.017′ N, 81° 20.6′ W. Marker is in Kent, Ohio, in Portage County. Marker can be reached from Off Midway Drive (on Kent State - campus) south of East Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kent OH 44243, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abraham Lincoln, Ravenna, Ohio (approx. 5 miles away); Silver Lake / Silver Lake Amusement Park (approx. 6.1 miles away); First Congregational Church
Kent State University Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 17, 2013
3. Kent State University Marker
Side one at a distance
(approx. 6.1 miles away); Tallmadge Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.1 miles away); Tallmadge Circle (Public Square) (approx. 6.1 miles away); Old Town Hall and Academy (approx. 6.1 miles away); Ephraim Root (approx. 6.4 miles away); Rootstown (approx. 6.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. A Memorial Video. (Submitted on August 10, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Kent State - May 4 Visitors Center. (Submitted on August 10, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
 
Categories. DisastersWar, Vietnam
 
In Living Memory of: image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 17, 2013
4. In Living Memory of:
Allison Krause
Jeffery Miller
Sandra Scheuer
William Schroeder

May 4, 1970.


Dedicated May 4, 1971 by Bnai Brith Hillel

Dedicated May 4, 1975 by members of the Kent State University Faculty.
Kent State University Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 17, 2013
5. Kent State University Marker
Located on the Kent State Campus at the May 4 Memorial
May 4 Memorial - - Kent State University Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 17, 2013
6. May 4 Memorial - - Kent State University Marker
May 4 Memorial - Kent State University Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 17, 2013
7. May 4 Memorial - Kent State University Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 545 times since then and 8 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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