KENT, Ohio - Saturday, May 4, marks the 43rd anniversary of the Kent State shootings.
This year, the university invited Hollywood filmmaker Oliver Stone to campus to help dedicate the school's May 4th Visitors Center.
The center, located in Taylor Hall on campus, chronicles the history from that time period. There are photos, videos, and newspaper articles from the 60s and 70s.
One of the galleries focuses on the Kent State shooting from May 4th, 1970. That's when Ohio National guard members opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam War. The campus shooting left four students dead and several others injured.
Laura Davis, Director of the May 4th Visitors Center, said Oliver Stone has a personal connection to the time period. Stone served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He received a Bronze Star for valor.
"We wanted to bring somebody that's really a kindred spirit," Davis said.
The Visitors Center has special hours this week. It's open Friday May 3 until May 5 from noon until 5 p.m. It's normally closed Friday and Sunday.
"We're telling kind of an untold history because people haven't had the story available to them before," Davis said.
Stone will be speaking at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at the University Auditorium at Cartwright Hall. It's open to the public, but seating is limited.
PBS anchor Gwen Ifill will moderate a panel discussion about May 4 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Here's a list of other events happening on campus to commemorate the Kent State shooting:
-- Friday, May 3, there will be a Speakers' Program in the Kent State Student Center Kiva. It's from 8-10 p.m. The speakers are activists Tom Hayden and Bill Ayers.
-- Friday, May 3, is the annual candlelight march. It starts at 10:30 p.m. A vigil will follow.
-- Saturday, May 4, is the Annual May 4 Commemoration Program. It will take place from noon until 2 p.m. inside Kent State Commons.
-- Sunday, May 5, you can meet the designers of the May 4th Visitors Center. That's from 11 a.m. until noon inside Cartwright Hall.