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Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

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Address: 1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, KS 66612
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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Palatine, Illinois
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Palatine, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Topeka, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This National Historic Site is located near downtown Topeka. This National Historic Site tells the story of the landmark legal case in which the Supreme Court of the United States declared unconstitutional the state laws that were established to create separate "but equal" public schools for black and white students. There is a large off-street parking lot just across the... More 

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Ogden, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Supreme Count ruling was and is so important to education in this Country. The National Park Service employee will give you a special tour...

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Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Its amazing how the things have changed for good. Every school must have their children visit this historic site and make a written or oral summary of their impression. Good place for gown ups to visit also

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Topeka KS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

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 3 November 2016

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 26 October 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 22 October 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 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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