Fallen Students Memorial
On the first anniversary of May 4, a small group stood in prayer and dedicated a cast aluminum plaque to the memory of Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer, and William Schroeder. This marker, which had been financed by and cast under the direction of B'nai B'rith Hillel, lay unanchored at the foot of a tree in the parking lot adjacent to Prentice Hall until it disappeared on the evening of May 3, 1974.
In February 1975, a faculty committee collected contributions for a new marker which was dedicated on May 3, 1975. For 15 years this granite stone served as a focal point of May 4 memorial observances on the Kent campus. Every year on the evening of May 3, it marks the end of the candlelight procession that weaves its way around the campus starting at the Victory Bell and ending at this marker where participants leave the remains of their lit candles in remembrance.
As a result of a request from the May 4 Task Force Student Organization, memorials stand in the locations where four students were killed during the May 4 shootings in the Prentice Hall parking lot. Six black bollards surmounted with torch lights mark the spots where each of the four Kent State University students were shot by Ohio National Guardsmen on May 4, 1970. Each memorial contains a granite cornerstone with an engraving of the student’s name, Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer and William Schroeder and the date May 4, 1970.