v. Board of Education National Historic Site
in education is symbolic of all the more drastic discrimination
in which negros suffer. In the American life, the equal protection
clause in the Fourteenth Amendment furnishes the key to ending separate
Charles Hamilton Houston
October 26, 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-525, establishing
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site to commemorate
the landmark Supreme Court decision aimed at ending segregation
in public schools. On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously
declared that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal"
and, as such, violate the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution,
which guarantees all citizens "equal protection of the laws."
site is located at Monroe Elementary School in Topeka, Kansas. Monroe
was the segregated school attended by the lead plaintiff's daughter,
Linda Brown, when Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka was initially
filed in 1951.