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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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Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: The Monroe Elementary School, one of the segregated schools involved in...
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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Went here on a Saturday and there was only 1 other person there. The building was very will maintained, the exhibits were good and the movie was informative.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Rockwall, TX
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Went here on a Saturday and there was only 1 other person there. The building was very will maintained, the exhibits were good and the movie was informative.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

While working in the area it only seemed natural to stop in and check out this place in American History. A nice reminder of how far we have come but how far we yet still to go as we as people still learn to live and love one another. This is a true reminder that it truly was not long... More 

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Topeka, Kansas
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is a very important part of our history. The whole family should go, and take guests from out of town. The Story is important for all to realize our past and present

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

My mother is an educator who also grew up during desegregation. This site was so important to her. To see the facts and history while explained her personal experience made it so special. My kids had a chance to understand why their education is so important. The exhibits are well kept and interactive. Lots of videos and hands on portions.... More 

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Kansas City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

It showed a picture of America's past that we are not proud of, but how much improvement we have made. The site is in the 1926 Monroe school building. We were amazed at the fact that Kansas was ahead of the curve concerning intergration and the history of the Supreme Court decision. They have a 20 minute video presentation on... More 

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Hastings, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The site is more symbolic than anything, it being a formerly segregated elementary school, but the displays and movies inside are first rate! Not a place for small children as they will be bored, but adolescents and up can benefit from a visit.

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Texas
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We didn't have a lot of time to spend here so will have to come back. I can only echo the other favorable reviews, especially "Stephanie S" when she said "Small but powerful." When we walked in we didn't think there would be much, but there is a lot packed into a small space. Well worth visiting. Wish we could... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Small but powerful. Definitely worth a visit--you can be in and out in a few hours, but you will leave with a clear sense of purpose and importance of the event and its place in history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

everything you need to know is recorded here about the beginning of civil rights movement & rev. dr. martin luther king jr. explore on your own or take the guided tour - I highly recommend you don't leave without seeing the historical site.

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Wichita, Kansas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This museum, a school house used for the first Kindergarten in Topeka, is a great history lesson for adults, high school age, and maybe some middle school groups; small children would not enjoy it. If you do not know much about the education of black Americans in the 1800's or the thought behind have Kindergartens here in the US this... More 

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