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Exhibition Not an Ostrich: & Other Images from America's Library

John Paul Filo. Kent State, May 4, 1970. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (38.00.00) © John Paul Filo/Nalley Daily

JOHN FILO. Kent State, 1970

On May 4, 1970, fourteen-year-old Mary Ann Vecchio screamed over the body of twenty-year-old Kent State student Jeffrey Miller who was fatally shot by the Ohio National Guard during a protest against the U.S. invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War. Members of the Guard fired into a crowd of Kent State University demonstrators, killing four and wounding nine. The impact of the shootings was widely publicized and triggered a nationwide student strike that forced hundreds of colleges and universities to close.