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Jim Myers, Oral History
Recorded: October 30, 2012
Resident of Kent, Ohio, in 1970
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A long-time resident of Kent, Ohio, Jim Myers was the vice president and manager of Thompson's Drug Store, located at the corner of Main and Water Streets in downtown Kent, and also served as the president of the Kent City School District's Board of Education during the time of the Kent State Shootings. He recounts his memories from the days surrounding the shootings, including events that took place in the downtown area as well as in his residential neighborhood on the west side of Kent. He also discusses his concern at the time, as the president of the local school board, about whether either community backlash or low voter turnout on May 5 (the day after the shootings and while the city was still under martial law) would negatively impact the school tax levy that was on the ballot that day.
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Community and college--Ohio--Kent
Dix, Robert C.
Kent City School District. Board of Education
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Ohio. Army National Guard
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements
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