Kent State Dedicates May 4 Site's Designation on National Register of Historic Places and New May 4 Walking Tour
The Walking Tour will be dedicated May 3.
The event is free and open to the public. Those who are scheduled to make remarks include:
The National Register of Historic Places and the May 4 Walking Tour are two examples of how the university is marking the events of May 4 in an educational way. “We are going to recognize and pay respect to May 4, to the students who were lost, to the students who were injured,” Lefton says. “I think we’ve learned a great deal from May 4. We’ve gone beyond May 4, and what we are going to do is respect what happened in the past and try and put it in a historical context so that people recognize that our democracy grew stronger because of what happened on May 4 at Kent State.”
Mark Seeman, Carole Barbato and Jerry M. Lewis, Kent State faculty members who co-authored the submission for the National Register of Historic Places with Davis, will be in attendance. Invited guests also include family members of the four students who were killed and those students who were wounded on May 4, 1970.
Following a short program in Ritchie Hall, attendees will move outside to the historic site for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new May 4 Walking Tour. In addition to the seven markers, the National Register of Historic Places plaque will be displayed. Guests will be invited to take one of two tours of the historic site after the ribbon cutting: a self-guided site tour with audio or an expert-guided site tour with Lewis, Kent State professor emeritus of sociology, who was a faculty marshal on May 4, 1970, and an eyewitness to the events.
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.