Mapping the Future: May 4 Visitors Center 2022 Visioning Report

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On August 24, strong storm winds caused trees to fall damaging the May 4 Memorial. Granite panels from South Dakota were recently delivered to the mason's yard. Installation will begin soon. Read about the refreshed May 4 National Historic Landmark Site Tour improvements here.

The May 4 Visitors Center follows the Kent State University academic calendar.  We are closed for fall break, winter break, spring break, and all scheduled university holidays. For weather related closures, please visit the official advisory page. Although the Center is open to the public, guided tour groups are led by appointment only.
The May 4 Visitors Center does not accept donations of archival or historical materials. If you are interested in donating such materials to Kent State University, please contact the department of Special Collections & Archives where the May 4 Collection is housed at


Learn about our new exhibition, Graphic Content: Comics of May 4, on view through June 7.


Summer Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

The Center is closed on Saturdays throughout the summer. 

The Center will be closed for Memorial Day on May 27 and Juneteenth on June 19.




March 12 - June 7

From comic strips and political cartoons to comic books and graphic novels, the events of May 4, 1970, have been inked by numerous illustrators over the years. The exhibition Graphic Content: Cartoons of May 4 will examine graphic art depictions of May 4 from three generations of acclaimed artists, including Chuck Ayers, Derf Backderf and Katherine Wirick.