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May 4, 1970

Learn About The History Of May 4

The tragic events of May 4, 1970, had a profound impact on Kent State University, the nation and the world. In the ensuing years, Kent State's learning community has honored the memories of Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer and William Schroeder with an enduring dedication to scholarship that seeks to prevent violence and promote democratic values from public service to civil discourse.

May 4 Visitors Center

The May 4 Visitors Center is located in 147 Taylor Hall.  


This site is a repository of information managed by WKSU about the 1970 shootings at Kent State University. On May 4, 1970, Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on students, wounding nine and killing four. We offer original source material for scholars, students, news reporters and the general public. The materials include photographs, radio station audio, text and video related to those shootings and their aftermath. This website will be continuously updated as more materials become available.

May 4 Audio Archive

Documentary audio

  • Remembering Kent State 1970 full program
  • Part 1 Summary of events May 1 and May 2, 1970
  • Part 2 Summary of events May 3, 1970
  • Part 3 Summary of events May 4, 1970 and conclusions

Listen to "Remembering Kent State, 1970"

May 4 Memorial Fact Sheet

The May 4 Memorial is built on a two-and-one-half acre site. A granite plaza, measuring 70 feet wide, rests on the crest of the wooded hillside adjacent to Taylor Hall overlooking the Commons. Bound by a granite sidewalk and bench to the east; to the north, a series of four black granite disks lead from the plaza into the wooded area where four free-standing pylons are aligned on the hill.


The May 4th Task Force was founded by Kent State students and victims of the May 4 shootings. Alan Canfora, Robbie Stamps and Dean Kahler were three of the charter members. The Task Force felt that the truth about what happened in May of 1970 had yet to be told and that the lessons to be learned from the tragedy should be part of a continuous and living history.

May 4 Task Force Records (Special Collections and Archives)


Kent State University Libraries and Media Services, Special Collections and Archives.