May 4, 1970: Remembering the Kent State shootings

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KENT, Ohio– Today marks the 46th anniversary since the shootings at Kent State University that left four young people dead.

The school will remember the lives lost during a commemoration beginning at noon at the Kent State Commons. The event includes a performance from the Kent State gospel choir and a speech by KSU President Beverly Warren.

The shooting happened after days of protests on campus about the U.S. expanding the Vietnam War into Cambodia. The city of Kent was declared a state of emergency and the governor sent the Ohio National Guard to the campus.

On May 4, 1970, Guardsmen attempted to disperse an anti-war demonstrations. They used tear gas, which some protesters threw back at the soldiers. Eventually, the National Guard opened fired. There were 67 shots in 13 seconds, killing four and wounding nine others.

The May 4 Visitors Center is  open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. It is closed on Sundays. More information here.

Kent State University May 4 Visitors Center