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Merriam in Johnson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Esther E. Brown

1917 - 1970

 
 
Esther E. Brown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, July 5, 2009
1. Esther E. Brown Marker
Inscription. Esther E. Brown organized citizen support in South Park for litigation leading to the 1949 Kansas Supreme Court order admitting black children to the South Park School and to nearby high schools. Her actions encouraged similar litigation resulting in the U.S. Supreme Court landmark decision declaring school segregation unconstitutional.
With active support from many South Park residents, she overcame resistance to her civil rights advocacy in 1948-51, at great personal sacrifice. Esther E. Brown was an active supporter of civil rights, organizing the "Panel of Americans" program and fighting for equal opportunity for all with belief in the brotherhood of mankind.
 
Erected by City of Merriam and Citizens of South Park.
 
Location. 39° 2.219′ N, 94° 41.563′ W. Marker is in Merriam, Kansas, in Johnson County. Marker is on West 51st Street 0.1 miles west of Grandview Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shawnee KS 66203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Walker School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Merriam Community Center (approx. 0.8 miles away); Campbell Home
Area photo of the Esther E. Brown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, July 5, 2009
2. Area photo of the Esther E. Brown Marker
(approx. one mile away); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. 1.5 miles away); The Bear Pit (approx. 1.6 miles away); The South Park Community (approx. 1.6 miles away); Education in Merriam (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Overland Trails (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Merriam.
 
Also see . . .
1. Merriam Kansas Visitor's Bureau. This is the official website to the Merriam Visitor's Bureau with further links to Brown Park. (Submitted on July 7, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

2. African American Registry. This link from the African American registry has more information on the life of Esther Brown. (Submitted on July 7, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 
 
Categories. Civil RightsEducation
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,063 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 7, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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