First Universalist Church

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North Olmsted (5050 Porter Road)

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May 4, 1970

On May 4, 1970 the college town of Kent was thrown into the national spotlight through tragedy. Now 44 years later, the events of that day still resonate and encourage reflection.

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The marker is located between Taylor Hall and Prentice Hall. The parking lot where students fell sits about 100 feet away, to the rear of the perspective of the photo above.

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Sitting north of Taylor Hall is the May 4 Memorial designed by Bruno Ast. The memorial’s plaza overlooks the Kent Commons, where the student rally started. Kiosks offer maps for visitors to follow along a walking tour of the area. The May 4 Visitors Center, located in Taylor Hall, also lends iPods loaded with a documentary to help visitors understand the events of that day.