1970-Campus Disturbance - Flagpole, Newcomb Hall
May 1970 was a time of high campus unrest, following closely after the killing of anti-war protesters at Kent State University. Early on the morning of May 5th, the Air Force ROTC barracks on Tulane’s campus was set on fire. Two spent Molotov cocktails were found on the ground floor of the building and arson was suspected, but no one was ever charged. Later, the day's events included a memorial service that was overshadowed by a violent clash between several hundred anti-war students and a group of Tulane athletes and members of the right-wing group Young Americans for Freedom, who disagreed over lowering the flag to half-staff in memory of slain students at Kent State University. Sporadic fistfights broke out which campus security squelched; ultimately, the university administration ordered that the flag be lowered. This color film without sound, shot by student John Hutchinson on May 5, 1970, captures just a portion of the day's action. The action begins with on the quad near the University Center, and it shows coffins that had been made to protest the student deaths, and an effigy of Richard Nixon. The footage continues with a march to the flagpole in front of Newcomb Hall, and shows scuffling at the base of the flagpole, and administrators, including Joseph E. Gordon, trying to calm the students. See "1970 Campus Disturbance" for more footage of the same day's activities. Single-perf. Color reversal print. Magnetic stripe soundtrack. B-wind. Ektachrome EFB stock with 1970 Kodak date code. There is no audio on the magnetic stripe track.