Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Topeka

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Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site was established in Topeka, Kansas, on October 26, 1992, by the United States Congress to commemorate the landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Brown v. Board of Education aimed at ending racial segregation in public schools. On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously declared that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal" and, as such, violated the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees all citizens "equal protection of the laws."

The National Historic Site consists of the Monroe Elementary School, one of the four segregated elementary schools for African American children in Topeka, and the adjacent grounds.
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  • Great place to visit. Excellent exhibits. Park Ranger was amazing. Gave us a wonderful introduction to the issues and museum. Allow about 30-60 minutes 
    Great place to visit. Excellent exhibits. Park Ranger was amazing. Gave us a wonderful introduction to the issues and museum. Allow about 30-60 minutes  more »
  • Powerful and well done exhibits. Lots to learn here about events leading up to the US Supreme Court decision. Also beautiful mural by students "katy-korner" from the building. Strongly recommended. 
    Powerful and well done exhibits. Lots to learn here about events leading up to the US Supreme Court decision. Also beautiful mural by students "katy-korner" from the building. Strongly recommended.  more »
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  • Free to visit. Enjoyed the interactive experiences. Was able to speak to a ranger who explained the importance of the way the Kindergarten room was set up and the education system in Topeka. The exhibit had current/recent information as well. Sometimes when learning about history, we think it all happened so far in the past, but there are events that continue to take place today that then become a part of history. I enjoyed learning about different people from various ethnicities and backgrounds and their contributions to civil rights. As an afterthought, I don't recall seeing too much information about the actual Brown v Board of Education case. There were a number of books and other gifts in the gift shop. Don't forget to get your park passport stamped!
  • A 5 minute detour from downtown. Place is immaculate and free. Great displays and info especially for those with interest in civil rights or the law. Only need to schedule about 30 mins to an hour and you'll have plenty of time. Definitely worth the quick detour from downtown.

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