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Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

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Address: 1515 SE Monroe St, Topeka, KS 66612-1143
Phone Number: +1 785-354-4273
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The Monroe Elementary School, one of the segregated schools involved in the...

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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Informative and Impressive Displays

The site was obviously developed for families, children, and adults. Also lots of special education needs tools around. You can touch, see, hear, and feel the exhibits. Good... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Wuhan, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The site was obviously developed for families, children, and adults. Also lots of special education needs tools around. You can touch, see, hear, and feel the exhibits. Good timeline and clips of prominent people speaking about the court cases and the human experience. Free to the public and great park rangers.

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Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very interesting exhibit for individuals that have some knowledge of the civil rights movement and the impact it has had on American history. Curators have done a good job of presenting the situation that unfolded in a very informative manner. Everyone should take the time to visit and learn.

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Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very thoughtfully presented memorial to the landmark case. Set in the original schoolhouse, it is informative but not preachy. Tour doesn't take long, but definitely a must-see if in Topeka.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Let me just say this was a great museum. This is a must see for anyone in the area. There is not a tour guide, but we were greeted by a young lady that did a fabulous job of giving us some info on the Monroe school and the case of Brown v. Board. After studying this subject in college... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is in an old elementary school. The rangers are friendly and helpful. The exhibits are very well-done and informative. It was easy to find off the freeway. It took about 45 minutes to go quickly through all of the exhibits that are in different classrooms.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I haven't been on the inside since I was younger but I wish they would make the outside more attractive for tourists that come in to see the place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site offers an excellent educational experience for people of all ages! This former black elementary school in Topeka, KS has a very helpful staff, wonderful educational displays and films that cover the struggles of African Americans from the earliest days of slavery, their fight for better educational opportunities and the civil rights issues... More 

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san jose, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited the museum while in town visiting family. It is housed in an old elementary school. The museum isn't big, but is very interesting. I've visited a couple times over the years and it is never very busy. The displays are well done. The park ranger on site was very kind and asked if we would like a short... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

It's quite appropriate that this school is considered a national park. It was dedicated by President George W. Bush as a historic site. The park guides were very nice and informative. The videos and exhibits are superb.

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Anaheim, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

Being of a certain age, I have lived through most of this history. I loved that it is located in an actual school. Very good videos, classrooms with chalk and books to share with your children. Great learning experience for children and nice to recall part of my history as well.

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