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Fragments of May 4: Artifacts, Mementos and Meaning

Fragments of May 4: Artifacts, Mementos and Meaning

photo of Taylor Hall
Credit ANDREW MEYER / WKSU
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Over the past few years, the May 4 Visitors Center has received many new artifacts from people who were on campus in 1970 and their families. Memorabilia from the victims of the tragedy, as well as photographs and personal items from witnesses awaiting context and reflection.

As the campus prepared for the 50th commemoration, WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz and Kent State University journalism professor Jacqueline Marino worked with journalism students to start creating audio reflections of these "Fragments of May 4." Working in teams, they interviewed people connected to these artifacts to discover the stories contained in seemingly ordinary objects: two photographs, a plaque, some bullets and a box marked “Keep Forever.”

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