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Scott Layman, Oral History
Recorded: May 5, 2015
Professor at Kent State University in 1970
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Scott Layman was a professor teaching in the Industrial Arts Education program at Kent State University in 1970. He discusses his memories of the events on campus the weekend before the shootings of May 4, 1970. He goes on to describe what he heard and saw on the day of the shootings in detail; he was giving an exam in Van Deusen Hall and took turns with another instructor to go outside, look across The Commons, and watch what was happening. He describes seeing the National Guard move up Blanket Hill and hearing the gun shots. He also discusses the aftermath during the following weeks and his involvement with helping his students complete their coursework as well as the return of students to campus in the fall of 1970.
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Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Kent State University. University Auditorium
Kent State University. Van Deusen Hall
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