Brown v. Board of Education - Western National Parks Association

Brown v. Board of Education

National Historical Park


Hope and courage fill the story of Brown v. Board of Education, which ended legal segregation in public schools. The plaintiffs in the case never realized they could change history. The teachers, secretaries, welders, ministers, and students simply wanted to be treated equally.

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The Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Park preserves the legacy of the pivotal 1954 Supreme Court case of the same name. The site, located in Topeka, Kansas, was once Monroe Elementary School, one of four elementary schools for African American children in Topeka. Many blacks-only schools were inferior to whites-only schools, with rundown facilities and fewer buses to transport students. On May 17, 1954, the Warren Court handed down a unanimous decision that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal,” and schools were ordered to desegregate “with all deliberate speed.”

Since our founding in 1938

WNPA has provided more than

$126 million

in aid to our partner parks to fund educational programs, initiatives, and scientific research

Kids in Parks

National parks are places where kids can dream up great adventures! Taking in amazing scenery. Testing out new skills. Exploring places kids may have only heard about. But most importantly, creating new memories with friends and family.

Our public lands are our public commons. They belong to all of us as part of our natural and cultural heritage. They remind us of a larger world that has existed long before the arrival of humans and will survive long after we are gone. –Terry Tempest Williams, Author & Conservationist

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When you can’t get to a national park for a visit, experience it from the comfort of your home. WNPA’s online store is packed with ranger-approved park collectibles, books, toys, and clothing. Shop for a special item.