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The Academy of Music operated from 1871 to 1897 at the northeast corner of Main and Market streets in downtown Akron. Heavily damaged in a fire, it was rebuilt in 1898 as the Everett Building, which still stands today.
It didn’t take long for people on social media to debate the merits of asking Samaria Rice to speak at this year’s events commemorating the shooting deaths of four Kent State University students on May 4, 1970.