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This is No. 22 on the Record-Courier's list of 30 Things To Do in Portage County.
The May 4 Visitors Center marks the deadly events that led to the death of four people on the Kent State University Campus on May 4, 1970, when the Ohio National Guard fired into a crowd during demonstrations against the Vietnam War.
The center is comprised of three main galleries. The first, with signs and sounds of the late 1960s, provides context to the events leading up to May 4. The second gallery features a video racapping the events of May 4, 1970. the third gallery has symbols and imagery surrounding American public opinion of the war, the shooting of college students and President Richard Nixon's reactions.
A “wall of words” features newspaper headlines from across the nation, printed in the wake of the events.
The visitors center will reopen in the fall of 2017 when renovations to Taylor Hall are completed. While Taylor is closed, tours will take place at Stopher Johnson Hall.
More information: www.kent.edu/may4