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Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, KS 66612
+1 785-354-4273
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Ranked #5 of 23 Attractions in Topeka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, National Parks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: The Monroe Elementary School, one of the segregated schools involved in the 1954 Supreme Court decision aimed at ending segregation in public schools,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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heartland america
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Set in the old school house, this historical museum tells the story of an historic event that everyone needs to see and to learn about. Needs to be better funded so we can truly understand this dark time in our country's recent history. Learn the reality of segregation in education.

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Tulare, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We stopped thinking there would be a plaque or statue at this site. What it is instead is an amazing building with lots of videos. It not only describes the impact of the court case, but details its setting in the equality movement and has historical info about efforts before and after the 1954 Supreme Court decision. The staff is... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I have taken students many times. It is interactive and provides many audio-visual presentations. Kids and adults will learn something.

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Wilmington, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

As a teacher, it was great to stumble upon this national site; the young man who greeted me at the door was knowledgeable and super sweet. The school itself is charming and I loved how the pine floors creaked as I walked through the exhibits. Lots here also devoted to civil rights in general, aside from Brown v. BOE

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Beaumont, Texas
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50 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We spent about an hour at this museum in an old elementary school. There were some good videos and displays about the civil rights movement. Watch the videos about the 5 lawsuits that were combined into the Brown vs. Board of Education case.

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Ashburn, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Wonderful opportunity to teach visitors about school segregation. The site is a former colored elementary school that has been restored.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I visited this former elementary school building while waiting to meet up with local family. I really enjoyed the experience which included films, photos and displays. There is so much history for such a small space. The classrooms are laid out with time lines and photos chronicling the U.S. Civil Rights struggle and brings to life the experiences of individuals... More

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Arvada, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Lots of videos and displays. It really gave us a feel for what it took for the courageous people involved to move our country forward.

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Jacksonville, Arkansas
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10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The location is easy to find. Parking is in the rear and you enter in through the front of the school. The museum is free and it really revealed a lot of history about the Civil Rights Movement. The museum didn't seem to go into much detail about the actual Brown V. Board of Education decision but you are able... More

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Arrow Rock, Missouri
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Great place for Civil Rights history - not as much information about the actual Brown v. Board case as I expected. When we watched the introductory movie two of the screens didn't work which was frustrating. The kindergarten room was nice and the civil rights museum included the Native Americans which I thought was great!

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