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May 4 Site Recommended to National Register of Historic Places

Posted Dec, 4, 2009

Members of the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board voted today to recommend that the nomination for the May 4, 1970, Kent State Shootings Site, along with four other properties in Ohio, be forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places for consideration. If the Keeper agrees that the properties meet the criteria for listing, they will be added to the National Register of Historic Places. Decisions from the Keeper on all five nominations are expected in about 90 days.

“What happened here at Kent State was historic, and it’s only appropriate that it receives this special designation,” said Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton. “The National Register recognizes those places that are significant in American history and culture, and the May 4 site definitely qualifies for this recognition.”

“The historic register application was resoundingly approved in Columbus,” said Laura Davis, an English professor at Kent State and one of the four co-authors of the application to make the site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “The review board made a point of noting the unanimous vote. Their response was remarkably emotional and sincere.”

Watch a video about the May 4 Site's recent recommendation.

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Media Contacts:
Tom Neumann, tneuman1@kent.edu, 330-672-8533
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595