Kent State Shootings: Oral Histories

Donald Grant Oral History

Kent State Shootings: Oral Histories

Donald Grant Oral History

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Narrator Grant, Donald
Narrator's Role Student at Kent State University in 1970
Date of Interview 2017-02-24
Description

Donald Grant was a junior majoring in business at Kent State University in 1970. He was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity; their fraternity house was located between front campus and downtown Kent. He describes the events that took place downtown on May 1, the burning of the ROTC Building on May 2, and the confrontation between protesters and the National Guard on Sunday, May 3. He also relates his eyewitness account of the shootings. He describes, in detail, what happened to him and a group of friends who, when it was announced on May 4 that the campus was closed, left Kent and drove to visit a fraternity brother who lived in Washington, D.C. The next morning, they walked in to the office of their representative, Congressman Bill Stanton, and they eventually ended up in an hour-long meeting with President Nixon on May 6. As eyewitnesses, they had information about what had happened at Kent State that was desperately needed.


Length of Interview 01:26:09 hours
Places Discussed Kent (Ohio)
Ridgewood (N.J.)
Washington, D.C.
Time Period discussed 1970-1971
1975
Subject(s) Bayonets
Bomb threats--Ohio--Kent
College fraternity members--Ohio--Kent--Interviews
College students--Ohio--Kent--Interviews
Cutler, Richard K.
Delta Upsilon (Kent State University)
Ehrlichman, John
Evacuation of civilians--Ohio--Kent
Eyewitness accounts
Firearms
Frank, Glenn W.
Haldeman, H. R. (Harry R.), 1926-1993
Jeep automobile
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Kent State University. ROTC Building--Fires
Means, Howard B. 67 Shots
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
Ohio. Army National Guard
Powell, Dean M.
Rall, Thomas B.
Searchlights
Stanton, J. William (John William), 1924-2002
Students--Ohio--Kent--Interviews
Tear gas munitions
Trego, Samuel H.
Tretinik, Daniel G.
Ziegler, Ronald L. (Ronald Louis), 1939-2003
Repository Special Collections and Archives
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Provenance/Collection May 4 Collection