“Discover the end of segregation in American public schools”
The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education (1954) is one of the most pivotal opinions ever rendered by that body. This landmark decision highlights the U.S. Supreme Court’s role in affecting changes in national and social policy. Often when people think of the case, they remember a little girl whose parents sued so that she could attend an all-white school in her neighborhood. Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site commemorates the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended racial segregation in public schools. On May 17, 1954, the court announced its unanimous opinion in the case of Oliver L. Brown et al. v. the Board of Education of Topeka et al.: "We conclude in the field of public education the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."
Amazing site to see, especially if you love a good history lesson! As a teacher, this was a really important stop for me. It's crazy to think that this wasn't that long ago. Definitely worth the stop!
This is a donation based museum!
This is a donation based museum!
Right off the highway, worth the stop.
The park rangers were great in engaging our two daughters. We spent two hours exploring the various exhibits and could have spent longer.
This is worth going to if you are nearby. It is hard to imagine that this was 60-years ago.
There were two schools that were considered for the National Landmark in this case: Monroe (the once "colored" school), and Sumner (the once "all-white" school). Sumner lost out in the late 1990's, I remember reading an article in The Topeka Capital Journal and it made me so sad; only one school could be picked and Monroe was in better shape. Sumner Elementary now sits empty, deteriorating, but there is hope. Sumner was added to the endangered list a few years ago and may (hopefully) once again become a national landmark!
We came in the evening just 15 minutes before they closed. We were able to do a quick walk through of the building. We wished we had more time, and hope to come back at a later date. There is a small gift shop with a variety of items...mugs, shirts, books, etc. There is a sample classroom. There are displays throughout the building. There is a wall of pictures of influential people in the hallway. There are also information stands on the outer grounds. Across the street there is an art mural on the side of a building that looks like it is still in the works. There were 3 or 4 park rangers on the premises. One was trying to educate a lady out front that said, "It really wasn't that bad for the slaves that came over from Africa." There is a parking lot farther away from the school in the front of the building. Behind the school is a small parking lot that is just for handicap parking.
Very interesting. Free. And you can spend 5 mins or forever looking around... Up to you.
Inventive exhibits mixed with well preserved architecture and school rooms. Sobering and uplifting to have in history's rearview mirror. Worth the stop and wander.
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Brown vs Board of Education National Historic Site
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