May 4 50

Chris Post, Ph.D., associate professor of geography at Kent State University at Stark, is a memorials expert who serves as a member of Kent State President Beverly J. Warren’s Advisory Committee for the 50th Commemoration of May 4, 1970. Cultural and historical geographer seeks to connect importance for today’s students, society Growing up, Chris Post watched as his mom juggled her collegiate studies and motherhood, balancing everyday life with dreams of earning her Ph.D. And while field excursions with his biologist mom are a memory of his childhood, the impact of place is...

A visitor learns about the events surrounding May 4, 1970 while visiting the May 4 Visitors Center Kent State University sophomore Phil Morgan said he learned about the May 4, 1970, shootings during a history lesson in middle school that included few details, except the fact that the Ohio National Guard’s presence at a student protest ended in the deaths of four students. Mr. Morgan got a better understanding of this tragic event during his...

May 4, 50th Commemoration

Artist Don Drumm poses with a photo of his sculpture that was shot on May 4, 1970, at Kent State University. Three days after May 4, 1970, Akron artist Don Drumm went to the campus of Kent State University with a team of journalists from the Akron Beacon Journal. They wanted his perspective on one thing: a bullet hole in the 15-foot sculpture outside of Taylor Hall.   The abstract sculpture, which Mr. Drumm created for the university three years earlier,...

Pictured (left to right) are Bradley Keefer, Mindy Farmer, Laura Davis, Burt Logan of the Ohio History Connection, Lori Boes and Mark Seeman. (Photo courtesy of the Ohio History Connection) The events of May 4, 1970, placed Kent State University in an international spotlight after a student protest against the Vietnam War and the presence of the Ohio National Guard ended in tragedy with four students losing their lives and nine others being wounded. From a perspective of nearly 50 years, Kent State remembers the tragedy and leads a...

As May 4 Commemoration Project Manager, Kent State Alumnus Rodney Flauhaus is taking on the task of planning the 50th anniversary commemoration of May 4, 1970. As the 50th anniversary of the May 4, 1970, shootings approaches, the work of developing a yearlong commemoration that honors the legacy of the past while setting a course for the future is in the hands of Rodney Flauhaus, Kent State University’s new May 4 Commemoration project manager. Mr. Flauhaus, in many ways, has been preparing for the task...