On May 4, 1970, National Guard troops killed four students and wounded nine others on the campus of Kent State University in Ohio. This tragedy was burned into the collective memory of most Americans who lived through those turbulent times.
Eleven days after the Kent State shooting, another shooting incident occurred on a college campus. But unlike Kent State, the shooting at historically Black Jackson State University in Mississippi, has not received the same attention from historians. After a night of racial unrest in the city, dozens of city and state police officers unloaded more than 460 rounds of gunfire into Alexander Hall on the campus of Jackson State University. Police claimed to have seen a sniper in a window on the building’s top floor. But every window on one side of the building was hit by police gunfire. Two students were killed and 12 were injured. Despite an investigation by the FBI that turned up no evidence of sniper fire, no charges were ever filed in the case.
Here is a short documentary film about the incident.