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The Kent State University May 4 Visitors Center

New center tells the May 4 story, set against the political and cultural changes of the 1960s. Kent State University officially opened its much-anticipated May 4 Visitors Center on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. The May 4 Visitors Center is located in room 101 of Taylor Hall at 300 Midway Drive on the Kent State campus.

May 4 Walking Tour Documentary

Beginning on April 29, visitors will have the chance to follow in the steps of history through the new May 4 Walking Tour Documentary: May 4, 1970: Someone to Tell the Story.

May 4 Candlelight Vigil 2010

Footage of the May 4 Candlelight Vigil, held every year on the Kent State University campus. Anyone is welcome to attend the vigil, which begins on the Commons and then loops around Front Campus before ending at the Prentice Hall parking lot.

Reflections on May 4: President Lester A. Lefton

Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton talks about how he has responded to the events of May 4, 1970, over the years.

Reflections on May 4: Carole Barbato and Laura Davis, Part I

In this video, Kent State University professors Carole Barbato and Laura Davis provide first-hand accounts of the May 4th shootings and their immediate aftermath.

Reflections on May 4: Carole Barbato and Laura Davis, Part II

In this video, Kent State University professors Carole Barbato and Laura Davis talk about the class they teach, called "May 4th and its Aftermath." They also describe some of the features of the new May 4 Visitors Center and Walking Tour.

Reflections on May 4: Jerry M. Lewis

Jerry M. Lewis, an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Kent State University, provides a firsthand account of the May 4th shootings. Lewis was a faculty marshal at the time, and he discusses how the Guardsmen violently impinged upon students' 1st Amendment rights that day.

Reflections on May 4: Dennis Eckhart

Kent State University Trustee Member and former U.S. Congressman (D-OH) Dennis Eckart talks about the events of May 4, 1970, and the disconnect that existed between the government and the general public at the time.

Reflections on May 4: Patrick Mullin

In this video, Kent State University Board of Trustee Chairman and alumnus Patrick Mullin gives his account of where he was on May 4, 1970. He also talks about how the shootings affected the university and the nation in general.

Reflections on May 4: Mark Seeman

Mark Seeman, professor of anthropology at Kent State University, discusses his role in spearheading the campaign.

May 4, 1970 Site Makes National Register of Historic Places

On Feb. 23, 2010, the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation, added the site of the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State University to its list.

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