From Kent State’s e-inside, here is some information about the May 4 Walking Tour to be dedicated next week as part of the 40th anniversary of the May 4, 1970 shootings on the Kent State Campus. The walking tour will be amplified with digital content to be made available via mobile phone….
Kent State University will host a dedication ceremony for the historic May 4 site’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places and the opening of the new May 4 Walking Tour. The dedication will take place Monday, May 3, at 3 p.m. beginning in Room 214 of Ritchie Hall.
About the May 4 Walking Tour
The guided walking tour includes interpretive panels installed at seven stops along the walk on the historic site. The panels feature pictures, maps and written descriptions. Each trail marker focuses on different key aspects and events from May 4, 1970. A video documentary and audio complement the tour trail markers. Notable civil rights activist and NAACP Chairman Emeritus Julian Bond narrates the tour for the documentary and audio. The documentary will be demonstrated on handheld mobile devices on May 1-4. Information about these special tours will be posted at http://www.may4.kent.edu. Visitors can listen to the audio narration at any time by calling 330-672-MAY4 (6294).
The walking tour is part of the Kent State May 4 Visitors Center, which will be located in Taylor Hall. Visitors may view the draft design in Room 101 of Taylor Hall from May 1-4 and follow progress at www.kent.edu/may4. Fundraising for the Kent State May 4 Visitors Center is currently underway.
About the National Register of Historic Places
The National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation, added the May 4, 1970, site at Kent State to its list on Feb. 23, 2010. Patrick Andrus, the reviewer with the National Register of Historical Places, commented that for a site less than 50 years old to be listed acknowledges the exceptional importance of the site at Kent State.
The May 4 site covers 17.4 acres of the Kent State campus, comprising the Commons, Blanket Hill, the Prentice Hall parking lot and the Practice Field. The site is an area where the Ohio National Guard, student protestors and an active audience of observers and/or sympathizers ebbed and flowed across a central portion of the campus, beginning at approximately 11 a.m. and ending at approximately 1:30 p.m., May 4, 1970.
For more information on the 40th anniversary of May 4, 1970, at Kent State, visit the May 4 Newsroom at http://may4newsroom.kent.edu. A complete list of commemoration events is available at http://www.kent.edu/about/may4commemoration/events-listing.cfm.