Explore the struggle for equal justice under the law at the restored Monroe Elementary School.


Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Contact Information

1515 SE Monroe Street
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: 785-354-4273

Location Type

National Register of Historic Places

Site Info

Bus / RV Parking
Water Fountain
Wheel Chair Accessible

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. In reality, the story of Brown v. Board of Education is far more complex.

Whether you have 30 minutes or several hours at the site, learn more about the history of segregation in America, the Brown v. Board of Education decision, and the legacy of the case around the world. Independently tour our galleries, explore a temporary exhibit, or go on a historic Monroe School building tour. These free 15-25 minute ranger-led tours depart at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., or on request when staffing permits.

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