Kent State Shootings: Oral Histories

Shirley Ohles Oral History

Kent State Shootings: Oral Histories

Shirley Ohles Oral History

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Narrator Ohles, Shirley
Narrator's Role Spouse of a professor at Kent State University in 1970
Date of Interview 1990-05-02
Description Shirley Ohles, wife of Kent State University Professor of Education John Ohles in 1970, relates a history of the memorial plaque placed in the Taylor Hall parking lot in memory of the students who died and were wounded in the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State University. She describes the dedication of the original B'nai B'rith Hillel aluminum marker in 1971, the first anniversary of the shootings. She describes her husband's efforts to have the marker replaced after it had been stolen in 1974 and then his further involvement in having the replacement marker repaired in 1980 after it had been damaged. She also discusses the memorial sculpture by George Segal located at Princeton University.
Length of Interview 18:15 minutes
Places Discussed Kent (Ohio)
Princeton (N.J.)
Time Period discussed 1971-1984
Subject(s) College teachers' spouses--Ohio--Kent--Interviews
Kent State Memorial (Kent, Ohio)
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970--Anniversaries, etc.
Kent State University. Hillel Jewish Student Center
Segal, George, 1924-2000. Abraham and Isaac
Repository Special Collections and Archives
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