The dynamiting of Rodin’s The Thinker & the Kent State shootings – 43 years later

CMA Thinker

Forty-three years ago today, the national guard of our dear state (some of them college students themselves) shot at hundreds of students demonstrating in rather disorganized fashion and killed four of them. The meticulously reconstructed scenario is here:

The upshot of this was that 4 million students went on strike and marched against the war in Vietnam. And Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young sang about it (not unimportant).

Only a few weeks earlier, March 24, 1970, a bomb irreparably damaged the Cleveland Museum’s version of Rodin’s The Thinker. The bomb itself had been placed on a pedestal that supported the enlargement and had the power of about three sticks of dynamite. The museum deliberated and decided to leave the damage as it was. It’s still there, testimony to those turbulent times.

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