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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 22 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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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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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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3 reviews 3 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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Topeka
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Drove by there and stopped on a whim. The museum is clean and full of good information. I enjoyed my visit. We ate our picnic lunch at one of their tables outside.

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Toledo, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

state of the start and stll more hill to climb. come along all and and give trib and t'anks to the wiser peeps pavin the path we n'joy.

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Topeka, KS
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178 attraction reviews
315 helpful votes 315 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

This venue recently held it's 60th anniversary, and Michele Obama recently visited. The staff there are very knowledgeable and friendly, and were great with our group of adults and teens. They have all sorts of videos and exhibits, but it's easy to navigate. Recommended stop.

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in NJ
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I like the fact that it is in a school, but while I had an interest in being there my companion did not, & I have to say I kinda felt bad dragging him there. It just is so so. I'm not sure how they could make it more interesting but getting rid of that dumb film would be a... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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11 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

What made it possible for schools throughout the country to break from, in some cases, mandated segregation of the so-called races is the Brown v Board of Education decision by the Supreme Court in response to the strategic leadership of Thurgood Marshall, the NAACP, and the willingness of families to be in the dangerous spotlight to bring critical change to... More

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