Kent State Shootings: Oral Histories

Henry Tyler Hill Oral History

Kent State Shootings: Oral Histories

Henry Tyler Hill Oral History

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Narrator Hill, Henry Tyler
Narrator's Role Resident of Kent, Ohio, in 1970
Date of Interview 1995-05-02
Description Henry Tyler Hill was a teacher at Theodore Roosevelt High School (Kent, Ohio) and a Kent resident in 1970. He describes the student unrest at the high school, the school's response to bomb threats they had received and to the May 4, 1970, shootings at nearby Kent State University. He also describes the panic that resulted from the phone lines being dead the day of the shootings. He describes Kent State University students packing and leaving town as well as the military trucks, helicopters, policemen, and FBI personnel he saw.
Length of Interview 17:39 minutes
Places Discussed Kent (Ohio)
Time Period discussed May 1-8, 1970
Subject(s) Armored vehicles, Military
City dwellers--Ohio--Kent--Interviews
Helicopters
High school teachers--Ohio--Kent--Interviews
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements
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