Documenting the Kent State Shootings: Forty Years LaterPosted Apr. 12, 2010
Dr. Carole A. Barbato, professor of communication studies, Kent State University at East Liverpool has been involved in many May 4 initiatives over the years. She was one of the four professors who successfully wrote an application to place the May 4 Shooting Site on the National Register of Historic Places. In February of this year the U.S. Department of Interior placed the site on the national register. Dr. Andrus, one of the reviewers from the department of interior commented that it was very well done and that "It really speaks for itself, demonstrating the exceptional importance of the events that took place at Kent State." As part of the ongoing plan of the university to "remember the past and shape the future" a walking tour and marker panels for the historic site have been created. They will be dedicated on May 3, 2010. There are 7 historic marker panels that contain text and photographs explaining what happened at that particular site on May 1-4, 1970. Visitors can also call on their cell phones to 330-672-MAY4 and hear the walking tour script read by 1960s Civil Rights activist and emeritus chair of the NAACP, Julian Bond. Documentaries for each of the markers have been created over the past year. They will be available on the Kent Campus tour via hand held video devices.
On Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at noon in Blair Memorial Library, Dr. Barbato will be discussing the ways in which the university is attempting to remember the past. She will talk about the creation of the Historic Trail marker panels and documentaries designed for the National Historic May 4 Shooting Site. The audience will also be able to view some of the documentaries during the presentation.