One step after another, Kent State University is making peace with the pain of May 4, 1970. On Saturday, the university officially opened the May 4 Visitor Center in Taylor Hall. The $1.1 million museum, its exhibits depicting the social and political turmoil of the 1960s, offers visitors a context for the protests against the Vietnam War that rocked many university campuses around the country. Like the nation itself, Kent State has struggled to heal the wounds from the tragic turn on that fateful day, the shock of four students cut down and others injured as the National Guard fired at protesting students.
The museum will stand as a remembrance and an invitation to understand the passions and ideals and the conflicts that shape this nation.