Brown V Board Of Education National Historic Site

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Brown V Board Of Education National Historic Site

Kansas

(785) 354-4273

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Overview

On October 26, 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-525 establishing Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site to commemorate the landmark Supreme Court decision aimed at ending segregation in public schools. On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously declared that separate educational facilities are inherently unequal" and, as such, violate the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees all citizens "equal protection of the laws." The site consists of the Monroe Elementary School, one of the four segregated elementary schools for African American children in Topeka, and the adjacent grounds.

Map of Brown v. Board

Latitude, Longitude: 39.037890, -95.676415

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling is permitted in the park.

  • Historic Sites

    Brown v. Board of Education NHS is located in the former Monroe Elementary School, one of four African American elementary schools. The school has recently been rehabilitated to its 1954 appearance. A ranger will greet you at the front entrance for a brief orientation to the site. The exhibits are self-guided, and you should allow approximately 90 minutes to view all of them.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is permitted in the park.

Seasonality/Weather

Brown v. Board of Education NHS practices severe weather drills from March through October.

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Directions

Driving

FROM THE EAST (MISSOURI) From I-70 westbound, take right Exit 362C, 10th St. Turn left onto 10th St. At the next intersection, turn left onto Monroe St. Turn left onto 17th St., and then turn left to enter the visitor parking lot. There is a sidewalk on the south side of the parking lot that will lead you to the site.

FROM THE WEST (COLORADO) From I-70 eastbound, take right Exit 362B, 8th St. This exit merges with Monroe St. Stay on Monroe St., and then turn left onto 17th St. Turn left to enter the visitor parking lot. There is a sidewalk on the south side of the parking lot that will lead you to the site.

FROM THE SOUTH (OKLAHOMA) From I-335 northbound, take right Exit 177, South Topeka. This exit will lead to a toll booth. Immediately after the toll booth, take right Exit 6, Topeka Blvd. Turn left onto Topeka Blvd. Stay on Topeka Blvd and then turn right onto 17th St. Turn left to enter the visitor parking lot. There is a sidewalk on the south side of the parking lot that will lead you to the site.

FROM THE NORTH (NEBRASKA): From US Highway 75 south, merge on to I-70 east. Follow the directions above FROM THE WEST(COLORADO).

Phone Numbers

Primary

(785) 354-4273

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