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Marek, Christopher C.
Student at Kent State University in 1970
|Date of Interview
Christopher C. Marek was an undergraduate student at Kent State University in 1970 and he relates his memories of the events he witnessed on campus on May 4, 1970. He had been off campus the weekend before, and describes returning on Sunday evening, May 3, and seeing helicopters with searchlights and National Guard troops on campus. He describes his memories of Monday, May 4, in detail. He walked from lunch in the Lake-Olson cafeteria back to his dormitory, Johnson Hall, while the demonstration was going on and walked right through a group of students running down Blanket Hill. He was in his dormitory when the shootings took place and describes hearing the shots and discusses a friend who had seen pools of blood in Prentice Hall and then fainted when she arrived at Johnson Hall. He describes what happened to him and his friends during the evacuation from campus and how they were unable to telephone their parents.
|Length of Interview
|Time Period discussed
May 3-4, 1970
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Kent State University. ROTC Building--Fires
Ohio. Army National Guard
Tear gas munitions
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