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History buffs and civil rights activists will not want to miss exploring Kansas’ Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka. This landmark commemorates the 1954 Supreme Court decision that effectively ended racial segregation in the public-school system of the United States.
The historic court case was actually the consolidation of five different cases involving public school segregation in Kansas, Delaware, South Carolina, the District of Columbia and Virginia. The groundbreaking decision that racial segregation inherently violated the 14th Amendment had powerful ramifications, and the site represents this critically important moment in history.
Today, the Site encompasses the Monroe Elementary School (as it was one of Topeka’s four segregated elementary schools), as well as the surrounding grounds. Visitors are welcome to take self-guided tours of the galleries, rotating displays, and traveling exhibits, or join one of the tours of the historic school building.
The site is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm, with the exception of major holidays, and admission is free.