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Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

Address: 1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, KS 66612
Phone Number: +1 785-354-4273
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Ranked #6 of 19 Attractions in Topeka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Educational Sites, Historic Sites, National Parks, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: The Monroe Elementary School, one of the segregated schools involved in the 1954 Supreme Court...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Educational Sites, Historic Sites, National Parks, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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, is now a National Historic Site commemorating this landmark ruling.

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Broomfield, Colorado
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145 reviews 145 reviews
53 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
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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60 reviews 60 reviews
26 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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York, Pennsylvania
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88 reviews 88 reviews
36 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

Being at an important site has an impact, and this location certainly provides that. But this location also provides an education on the entire civil rights movement in one wing. The other wing provides education about this location's history. As a museum, there are no artifacts here. You will be spending your time reading and watching videos. Not for young... More 

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Larned
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This school has been renovated for this museum in such a classy way! Everything was done very orderly. Made it easy to keep up with the history of things.

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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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33 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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254 reviews 254 reviews
65 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 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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