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“Moving civil rights exhibit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site

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
Type: Educational Sites, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, National Parks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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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.
Chapala, Mexico
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“Moving civil rights exhibit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We are educators and THOUGHT that we knew a lot about this case, but we learned a lot more. This free exhibit is interesting for both adults and chldren and leads to further discussion on civil rights. There is a 1/2 hour film and the rest of the visit takes about 40 minutes. Free parking. Open every day.

Visited October 2012
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San Francisco, California
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“History...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Loved this museum/school. Another free museum, which is always a plus. When you first get there, you are guided to a short 30 minute film about the civil rights movement. Then you go into different rooms where there are loads of information about the civil rights movement. I wish they had a bigger gift shop, I really wanted to purchase something while I was there but the gift shop is really small with little selection. Besides that, it was great. I love how they turned the school into a museum. Neat idea.

Visited August 2012
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Washington, DC
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“Nice museum, worthy subject”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

We liked the museum. The film was good, and there stuff here that will interest most people and many kids. I was particularly taken by the history of the five cases that were consolidated in the Brown case. It was a push-the-button display in one of the rooms and easily missed. But it reminds you that people were at the heart of these cases, and that they took real risks to bring them. Plus the lawyers here (Thurgood Marshall and others) worked hard for a long time to make progress. Not much else nearby, but we happily drove 40 miles out of our way. You don't have to be a minority to get something from the museum.

Visited September 2012
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Naperville, Illinois
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“Great Historic Site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Definitely worth a stop (or even a special trip if you are in Kansas City). A truly historic site with very nice exhibits about the Civil Rights movement. The school is in beautiful condition and it's really great to see how they have converted it into a museum. No more than a 5 minute drive from the Capitol.

Visited August 2012
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“A wealth of information and a must see if you are in the area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

My family and I learned a lot at this museum. I knew about the Civil Rights decision but not all the history surrounding it.

We got there late in the day so it was impossible to take it all in, but we definitely enjoyed what we did get to see. The exhibit was free - a major surprise. This is a must see if you are in the area.

Visited August 2012
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