Closed Christmas Day
On Wednesday, December 25, 2013, the site will be CLOSED for the Christmas Day holiday. The site will re-open on Thursday, December 26, at 9 a.m. More »
Closed New Years Day
On Wednesday, January 1, 2014, the site will be CLOSED for the New Years Day holiday. The site will re-open on Thursday, January 2, at 9 a.m. More »
Americans by Choice: The Story of Immigration & Citizenship in Kansas
Most Kansans can trace their heritage to another part of the world. Some came in search of a better life for themselves or their children—many came to join families or friends. Americans by Choice is a new exhibit on display until Feb. 28, 2014. More »
From Brown to Brown: Topeka's Civil Rights Story
One hundred years of Kansas history separates John Brown's war on slavery and the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education that ended racial segregation in the nation's public schools. John Brown's involvement in Bleeding Kansas set the spark that ignited the Civil War that freed millions of enslaved human beings. Brown v. Board of Education fired the opening shots in the Civil Rights Movement determined to end the second class citizenship assigned to African Americans. Just as Brown's death on the gallows inspired abolitionists, the Brown decision lit the spark of hope in a generation of men and women who struggled for equality across the nation.
Today, historic sites in Topeka link the dramatic events of Bleeding Kansas, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights Movement. Walk in the footsteps of John Brown and others who turned their properties into havens for fugitive slaves on their journey to freedom. Learn about immigrants from faraway lands hoping for a better life. Remember the civil rights activists who fought to force open the school house doors for children of all races. These people and stories are part of the continuing struggle to secure the American dream and basic rights for all citizens.
Download a copy of our brochure listing 16 stops on the driving tour. Simply follow the map and dial 785-338-4041 at each stop for more information about each location. To stream the tour onto your smartphone or internet-enabled device, visit www.bit.ly/BrowntoBrown (including capital letters) to see images along with the recording. Brochures are also available at Brown v. Board of Education NHS, the first stop on the tour!
Did You Know?
The U.S. Supreme Court combined five cases from Delaware, Virginia, South Carolina, Washington, D.C. and Kansas under the heading of Brown v. Board of Education.--Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site More...