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Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

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Address: 1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, KS 66612
Phone Number: +1 785-354-4273
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The Monroe Elementary School, one of the segregated schools involved in the...

The Monroe Elementary School, one of the segregated schools involved in the 1954 Supreme Court decision aimed at ending segregation in public schools, is now a National Historic Site commemorating this landmark ruling.

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Dawn of the Civil Rights Movement

Even as a kid growing up in Topeka I knew very little about Brown v. Board of Education other than its importance in desegregating public school systems. There is a profound... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2016
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Cobb, California
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Cobb, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Even as a kid growing up in Topeka I knew very little about Brown v. Board of Education other than its importance in desegregating public school systems. There is a profound "eyewitness to history" magic about the Monroe School museum...I am very proud to know that residents of my home town made a difference!

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Lawrence, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

It was a pleasure to come here while on my visit of Topeka. The building has a lot of great fun facts. If you have time, come to this historic site. It's worth it!

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Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

There is a lot of interesting and educational information presented in a way that the young and old alike will want to learn about the people who lived through this time and situation. There is video and still pictures along with individual stories of what happened in the first person. Very interesting!

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Rawson, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

I remember touching on this topic in school but there is so much I really didn't know. As you walk into the building there are signs separating blacks from whites which gets your attention right away! There's a media center which documents the history of the Civil Rights Movement and Brown vs the Board of Education and in another area... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

If you like history and have an hour or two to spare, this is probably worth your time. There's nothing really exceptional about it, but it's a good way to refresh your memory or learn more about civil rights struggles in the 1950s. They have an extensive timeline from the 1800s leading up to the Brown case, and then continuing... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

After working in the legal field for nearly 45 years, I still learned a lot about this famous case and Kansas's role in the fight over segregation. I had no idea!

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Sheridan, Wyoming
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

We called and the lady said the museum was in the State Capitol Building but it wasn't. Never did make it

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Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

This is a building with an extraordinary amount of history. It has been restored in an excellent way.

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Omaha
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

great displays. video presentation is good representation of building's historical significance. As a child of the 50's-60's in Topeka I learned a lot about what was going on around me that as a child I was unaware of.

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Wheaton, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

Start with the videos in the auditorium. They are slightly cheesy, but do a great job of setting context, especially for someone such as myself that didn't live through the time period. Warning: there are five mini video segments of approximately 5 minutes each. They are on continuous loop so you may watch them out of order, but it is... More 

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