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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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we have a place that was stumbled upon and it proves to be a mind blowing experience in seeing the exhibits themselves and how it still relates to life today-the people events and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

we have a place that was stumbled upon and it proves to be a mind blowing experience in seeing the exhibits themselves and how it still relates to life today-the people events and dates all mean something and still meaningful for anyone who visits this site-great job!!!

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Herndon, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

This museum is housed in the old African American school; and has a very powerful civil rights museum and display. One area that needs improvement was the sense of place of Jim Crow Topeka and the Brown case itself was a weak element of the museum that could be easily improved!

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is one of the best, most informative sites in the National Park System. The movie is excellent, a must see. It is a well acted story about black history and the events that lead up to Brown vs Board of Education. The tour is self guided through the school with written explanations. There are separate rooms with pictures and... More 

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KC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

There is not much more I can add to all of the positive reviews. We happened to plan our visit on the 60th anniversary (in spite of the date I record- this was a 2014 visit). After listening to speeches on the grounds from community and education leaders as well as a former student, many of us went inside to... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

If you are in the Topeka, KS area a stop at the Brown vs Board of Education National Historic Site is worthwhile. This exhibit is so powerful and educational. All children should see what happened in our country pertaining to segregation. The exhibit explains many types of discrimination. We were glad we stopped and wish everyone would do the same!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The Brown site provides a solid base in helping people understand some of the challenges experienced early in the quest for equal opportunities for all, in more than just education. Although it won't take a long time to visit the site, the time there will be well invested. One exhibit that is particularly impactful involves walking through a simulation of... More 

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Davenport, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This is another great location in Topeka. The information we learned here was great. I think everyone should visit this museum if they are in Topeka. We visited twice during our stay because we didn't have enough time the first visit. There is enough information for all ages to enjoy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We learned about this site while in Topeka. It is a very nice s tie run by the National Park Service. The displays in the original school involved in the Brown v. Board of Education are well done. Our 10 year old learned a great bit about a dark time in our history with the Junior Ranger program that is... More 

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Kansas City, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We had visited the previous location downtown and was prompted to visit the current location when out-of-town friends were visiting. We did not see the movie. It was a bit difficult to determine when it actually started and didn't want to go in halfway. But there were short video clips running in the different exhibits. The squeaking original wooden floors... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Excellent facility and knowledgeable park rangers make this a great place to go and learn about the cases involving Brown v. Board. The grounds are well maintained and the inside has been restored beautifully. Interactive and well thought out displays. the small gift shop had wonderful resources, reasonably priced.

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