4/13/2015

Tour four historic sites in Topeka on Living History Bus Tour: April 25

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

 

Contact: (785) 354-4273

Forging Freedom's Pathway: Living History Bus Tours on April 25

Topeka, KS – From conflicts leading to the Civil War to the Brown decision, Topeka has played a central role in defining freedom and equality for all. Join us on Saturday April 25 for Forging Freedom’s Pathway: Evolving View of Race and Freedom from 1854 to 1954. Two living history bus tours will feature historical re-enactors at four historic sites in Topeka. The tours will depart the Brown v. Board site at 10am and 1pm. Programs are free and open to all ages.

Tours will begin at the Brown v. Board site, where participants will board a shuttle to transport them to the Ritchie House, Constitution Hall, the former Buchanan School, and back to the Brown v. Board site. Shuttles will depart at 10am and 1pm. Seating is limited and tours are first-come, first serve. To reserve a seat, please call 785-354-4273. Additional participants are also welcome to caravan in personal vehicles to the four sites.

The Lecompton Reenactors and National Park Service rangers will portray characters including abolitionists John and Mary Jane Ritchie, free-stater James H. Lane, Colonel Edwin Sumner, Exoduster Nathan Holder, Topeka Board of Education member Chester Woodward, African American teacher Julia Roundtree, and attorney Elisha Scott. These stories and others illustrate the central role Kansas played in the emergence of both the Civil War and the civil rights movement.

The program is sponsored by the Shawnee County Historical Society, Friends of Constitution Hall, the Lecompton Reenactors, Western National Parks Association, Visit Topeka, and the National Park Service. Bus and driver provided by Atria Senior Living.
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site tells the story of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended legal segregation in public schools. The site is located at 1515 SE Monroe Street in Topeka, Kansas, and is open free of charge from 9am to 5pm daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For more information call 785-354-4273 or visit www.nps.gov/brvb and www.facebook.com/brownvboardnps.

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