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Kent State Shootings Site

Ohio National Guard troops on the Kent State campus

Kent State University

Kent, OH

On May 4, 1970, Kent State University was placed in an international spotlight after a student protest against the Vietnam War and the presence of the Ohio National Guard on campus ended in tragedy. On that day, the National Guard shot and killed four students, wounding nine others. The Kent State Shootings Site is nationally significant because of its connection with the largest student strike in U.S. history, the change of public opinion about the Vietnam War, and for the symbolic status the event has attained.

Photo: Ohio National Guard troops on the Kent State campus
– Courtesy Kent State University, University News Service, KSU Box 28, Uns 705, 4-1-31

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