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Topeka in Shawnee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

A Playground and Community Center

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., February 15, 2015
1. A Playground and Community Center Marker
Inscription.

Like all of the city's schools, students and local residents used Monroe School for multiple activities. A student club called "The Downbeat" held dances in the combined gym and auditorium. Local churches and civic organizations used the space for meetings and to host pageants and plays. Neighbors browsed the school library and attended lectures given by public speakers.

The school did not own an outside playground until the Board of Education purchased a strip of land of this side of Monroe Street in 1943. Students later recalled the boys wrestling and playing tag on the new playfield before school started, while the girls jumped rope or enjoyed a game of hopscotch. The park service invites you to continue this tradition of recreation by enjoying the field today.

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Baseball has long been a pastime for many Topeka residents.

Miss Laura's Coffee Shop, on the corner of Monroe and 15th Streets, served as a popular location for students to buy lunch because the school did not have a cafeteria.
 
Erected 2014 by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 2.278′ N, 95° 40.57′ W. Marker is in Topeka, Kansas, in Shawnee County. Marker is on SE Monroe Street south of SE

A Playground and Community Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 15, 2015
2. A Playground and Community Center Marker
15th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1515 SE Monroe Street, Topeka KS 66612, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monroe School (a few steps from this marker); Pillars of the Community (a few steps from this marker); Standing Up for Their Rights (a few steps from this marker); How to Heat and Cool an Old School (within shouting distance of this marker); Monroe School Neighborhood (within shouting distance of this marker); A "Separate But Equal" School? (within shouting distance of this marker); A Turning Point for Equality (within shouting distance of this marker); G.A.R. Memorial Building (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Topeka.
 
Also see . . .
1. Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site. (Submitted on March 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. African American Topeka. (Submitted on March 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. 1934 Topeka Colored Directory at Kansas Memory. (Submitted on March 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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