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Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
Ranked #4 of 43 things to do in Topeka
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
San Francisco, California
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18 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“History...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 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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633 reviews
141 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
“Nice museum, worthy subject”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 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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520 reviews
204 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
“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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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“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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Lawrence, Kansas
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Educational Historical Site.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Took the kids (5, ages 3-11) for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day because the cub scout needed to go to a historic location and I wanted them to learn more about our countries struggle for Civil Rights. They have a Jr. Ranger program that is very doable for older elementary age & middle school aged children that helps guide them through the exhibits. The school is style very much intact and the displays are very, very well done. They do a great job of showing what was happening in the country in the early 50s and where the civil rights movement is today. While I went with young kids, there is much more there that adults would be interested in. They have done a nice job of making the history accessible to school kids, and getting visitors to think about their participation in civil rights today.

Visited February 2012
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