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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Kansas City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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42 helpful votes 42 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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Broomfield, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

This is a small museum that has TONS of information about desegregation and human rights. My children were a little bored since they don't really understand the issues involved. I wouldn't drive too far out of my way for this museum, but it was interesting and had a lot of great information and was a good reminder of how far... More 

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Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

Small historic site, but the exhibits are really powerful. A video experience gives background information about the struggle for basic human rights, but the area I found most moving was the walk-through screens showing news reel footage from Central High School in Little Rock. It brought me to tears.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Love the history here! I had studied this subject in school (way back when) and knew this was here, but had never gotten the opportunity to visit before. Was in town to pick up someone from the train station so we made the short trip over to this and did the tour. Nice exhibits. I'd recommend it.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I absolutely loved this historic site. It is great for anyone who is really interested in American History. The exhibits are very thorough and take you through the entire history of the civil rights movement. I wish there had been a tour or a bit more detail about the people involved in Brown vs. Board of Education, but I still... More 

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