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Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

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Address: 1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, KS 66612-1143
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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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Brown v Board - at the heart of civil rights

This site is a museum located in the school attended by black children in Topeka during the time of segregation. Some of the children lived in the neighborhood of a white school... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This site is a museum located in the school attended by black children in Topeka during the time of segregation. Some of the children lived in the neighborhood of a white school and their desire to attend that school was the focus of the lawsuit that resulted in the historic Brown v Board Supreme Court ruling. The museum has a... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This important piece of history is quietly tucked away in Topeka, KS. Not far off the interstate, it's a great break from traveling out west to stretch and soak in some history. The entire visit could take 1-2 hours max. Public restrooms are available. The school is clean. The building is a walking tour so be prepared to walk around... More 

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Topeka, Kansas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This National Site is a top 5 of understanding by video, viewing and by being in the 60's time tunnel experiencing the civil disturbances of that time. It is free and welcome to all.

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Reviewed 21 March 2017

We stopped at the brown museum while travelling across the country and it was easily one of the best stops we could have ever made. The place is simply amazing and my words will simply fail the powerful message that this slice of history has to offer. Be certain to inquire about the doll in the hallway

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Michigan City, Indiana
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Had a very nice time here while visiting. You could spend almost all day reading all the information that is here. Disagree with the BLM stuff for sale, because they're not always civil

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Topeka, Kansas, United States
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Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful site to see in Topeka. The facility is beautifully restored and staff is great. A must for history buffs!

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

This happened when I was a young child so some I knew a lot I didn't. Very interesting place, well presented. Everyone should go.

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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Allow at least an hour. We stopped not realizing how much information there was to see. Ranger Joan was very informative My children enjoyed doing the junior ranger program which was interactive and had them wanted to find information. A great reminder and just see when in the area

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Palatine, Illinois
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

This was a real treat. I arrived and tons of people were flooding out of the building and I learned they were leaving a citizenship ceremony. How awesome to see such a wide variety of immigrants coming out that would not have been accepted here when this court case was being presented. This school was one of the many cases... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

Wasn't really anything about the actual court case (unless it was in the Kdg room---there was a large group in there getting some sort of presentation from a ranger, so we didn't go in as we didn't want to interrupt). Museum is just about civil rights in general, was not what we expected at all. At least it was free.... More 

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