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

A “Separate But Equal” School?

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., February 15, 2015
1. A "Separate But Equal" School? Marker
Inscription.

When Monroe Elementary School opened in 1927, it was a key part of Topeka's grand, million-dollar school construction program. Topeka wanted a first-class educational system that would promote pride in the city's schools. The new Monroe School featured classrooms, a kindergarten, space for manual training and home economics, and a large combined gymnasium/auditorium. Despite the improvements, Monroe and the other elementary schools in Topeka remained racially segregated. In 1951, parents of students from Monroe School joined others from across the city as plaintiffs in the Brown v. Board of Education lawsuit, forever linking this site to one of the most important legal decisions in American history.
 
Erected 2014 by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 2.255′ N, 95° 40.54′ W. Marker is in Topeka, Kansas, in Shawnee County. Marker is on SE Monroe Street south of SE 15th Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at public parking area 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. A Turning Point for Equality (here, next

A "Separate But Equal" School? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, 1953
2. A "Separate But Equal" School? Marker
[Caption reads] Monroe Elementary School in 1953. The building continued to operate as an elementary school until it closed in 1975. The title to the property was acquired by the National Park Service in 1993.
to 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 Playground and Community Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Monroe School (within shouting distance of this marker); Pillars of the Community (within shouting distance of this marker); Standing Up for Their Rights (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.
 
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Also see . . .
1. Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site. (Submitted on March 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of Brown v. Board of Education. (Submitted on March 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Landmark Cases: Brown v. Board of Education (1954). (Submitted on March 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. African American Topeka. (Submitted on March 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsEducationPolitics
 
A "Separate But Equal" School? Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 15, 2015
3. A "Separate But Equal" School? Marker
Looking WNW, with Monroe School in background
 
 
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 218 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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