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Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site

Topeka, KS 66603-3441
913-354-4273
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Ranked #4 of 21 attractions in Topeka
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Atenas, Costa Rica
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54 reviews 54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This site isn't just about the Brown v BOE case; it's about the Civil Rights movement and everything that built up to the advances of the 1960's. The exhibits are thoughtfully designed and staffed by knowledgeable NPS representatives. This is one of Topeka's hidden gems, and I recommend it highly.

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Fort Riley, Kansas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

As soon as I walked through the door I was greeted by a friendly gentleman. He explained when the movie started and how the museum was laid out. I went on a Sunday and four other people were there with me. The lay out of the museum is a little different to me. I liked it though. The movie was... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

I found the site quite interesting with good videos, and some interactive exhibits. I think if they could develop more engaging activities, it would make it more kid-friendly (but it is a part of history that can be difficult to make engaging for kids). I liked the facilities, and the school is nicely re-done. Staff was very friendly and helpful.

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Brisbane, Queensland
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111 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This NHS was disappointing. The exhibits do not discuss the specifics of the Brown vs. Board of Education case, the conditions in segregated schools, the impacts of segregated schools and other potentially interesting topics related to the site but instead gives a broad overview over education as part of the civil rights movement. I actually think there was more about... More

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81 reviews 81 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Volunteers are welcoming and knowledgeable. They are forthcoming with information, then route you to a self managed tour of the school. Recommended for all ages.

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56 reviews 56 reviews
46 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

A weak site…many things are well known from other civil rights sites. I expect a little better from the National Park Service, in general. Not really much new and different here. I would have expected more on the plaintiffs (and to have heard from them in one setting or another), more on the legal strategy and the immediate reaction to... More

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Lemoyne, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

A very good and clear explanation of the the Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education case, how it developed and its impact on America. Located in the elementary school attended by Linda Brown, the artifacts and exhibits help one better understand the feel of segregation and Jim Crow. As always the Nat'l Park employees are well-informed and helpful. I'm sorry... More

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Topeka, Kansas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This site tells the story of the racial segregation of the school systems. It's a very important part of our American history. This historic site does a great job and telling the story and you will learn something every time you visit. Has interactive displays for children and adults.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Curators present a thoughtfully crafted illustrated guide to the history of Jim Crow America and the changes wrought by the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 1960's. Children and adults will appreciate the exhibits and film presentations.

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Topeka, Kansas
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66 reviews 66 reviews
19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

You can view items from this time in history and learn much about segregation in public education but I would not drive a long way to visit this attraction. It is difficult to locate so get a city map or some other system to guide you there.

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