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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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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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History comes alive!

This interesting site helps us understand the fight for equal education for all races that culminated in the court's decision making it legal for black and white children to have... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
BarbaraJRunge
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Topeka KS
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Topeka KS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This interesting site helps us understand the fight for equal education for all races that culminated in the court's decision making it legal for black and white children to have equal educational opportunities.

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is located in a former elementary school. The exhibits explained the fight for constitutional rights. Finally, in the face of long-standing judicial precedent and societal resistance, the Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education decision in 1954 declared that segregated education was a denial of "equal protection of the laws" under the 14th Amendment. Ranger guided tour was informative.... More 

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Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

A very important NPS Historical Site which illustrates the importance of the 1954 Supreme Court Case which affected so many people. There is a great 30 minute film which has several separate sections, so you can come in at any time and watch. It is shown on multiple screens and is fascinating to view. The Site is housed in the... More 

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Westville, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely worth the stop. Do not miss this. Great for all ages. You can even play the piano in the kindergarten room. Do not forget to ask for the trading cards and teacher discount in the book store. They didn't tell us. Had to call back. Such a great lesson however. Allow about 1 hour and there is very little... More 

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Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

The Brown v Board of Education National Historic Site is a treasure. More of an educational exhibit than a museum. One memorable display is one of the historic dolls used to demonstrate how segregation affected young African-American children's perceptions about themselves compared to white children. There is also a classroom set up to show what a 1950's Kindergarten classroom might... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

My mom and I were on a road trip from OH to NV, and needed to drive through Kansas. We couldn't find anything to do in Kansas, until I found this on google. If you are anywhere near passing by Topeka, stop here! Although small, the place is extremely well put together and very informative; I don't think they could... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

This building holds a lot of history for all in the United States. It shows how far this country has come in race relations, how much things have changed and how much we have to go. The information and displays are things that are not taught in history books. With this being a national site a park ranger is present... More 

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Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

The exhibits in this former high school are superb. I was nicely surprised how well it's done. There is a lot to learn here. It gets you thinking. It inspires you to be a better person. To reach your goals. Civil rights are important to us all. We can all learn something here. Take your time and soak it all... More 

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Annandale, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

This small site explains the civil rights efforts leading to the Supreme Court ruling that found school racial segregation to be unconstitutional. This was one of the all black schools in Topeka, the school Linda Brown had to attend rather than an all white school closer to her home. The Ranger was very knowledgeable and helpful. It helped that there... More 

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Ketchikan, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

Great piece of American History here. Moving tribute to those with the courage to fight for desegregation. Would recommend at least two hours.

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