Look Back: Wash U unrest, 1970
Date: 4/29/2011 Album ID: 1236917
Photos by Post-Dispatch staff photographers and files
by Tim O'Neil --- During the Vietnam War in the spring of 1970, Washington University and the ROTC had been a flashpoint for a year. A mysterious arson had already destroyed the Army building, and protesters taunted ROTC students during drills and tried to disrupt their classes. At Kent State University near Akron, Ohio, National Guard soldiers confronted 1,000 angry protesters at midday on May 4. Troops leveled their rifles. Four students were killed, 11 wounded. At Washington University, trouble moved toward the surviving Air Force ROTC building. Shortly after midnight, as 2,500 students chanted "Kent State" from a hilltop, about 30 rushed the building, ransacked it and set it ablaze.