• Dedicated on May 4, 1990

Photo from Kent State University May Fourth Memorial Archives

The May Fourth Memorial

Kent State University, Kent Ohio

(Select to view a larger image from the Kent State archive collection).

  • Commissioned by Kent State University, 1984
  • Designed by Chicago architect Bruno Ast
  • Site information: 2½ acre wooded site overlooking Kent State University's commons. Plaza and walls are constructed of carnelian granite extending onto the hillside, the jagged edges represent "disruption and conflict". Four pylons stand at the edge of the memorial commemorating the memory of the four dead students. The walls are meant to symbolize both shelter and division. The site is surrounded by 58,175 daffodils, the number of deaths suffered by US soldiers in Vietnam.

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