Published: September 24, 2009
KENT, Ohio - Kent State University has hired a design firm to develop
an interactive walking tour to help tell the story of how Ohio
National Guard troops opened fire on anti-war protesters in 1970.
The tour would include interpretative panels and audiovisual
commentary that could be accessed via cell phones. Officials hope to
have the tour ready next year to coincide with the 40th anniversary
of the shootings.
Early estimates put the cost of the walking tour and a visitors
center at $1.4 million, which could be covered by private donations and grants.
Kent State trustees also have endorsed the idea of getting the
shooting site placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Four Kent State students were killed and nine were wounded in a clash
with students that followed several days of anti-Vietnam War protests.