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This photograph shows the second grade class of Monroe Elementary, with their teacher, Edna Vance, seated at the back of the classroom. In 1992 the Monroe School was designated a National Historic Landmark for its involvement in the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka court case (1954), which determined that the racial segregation of schools was unconstitutional.

Creator: Schrock, John Edward
Date: March 3, 1949

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This source can be used within discussions about why Topeka was chosen as the lead case; the Monroe school had nearly equal facilities to white schools, which allowed the prosecution to argue that segregation was detrimental to the development of black youth regardless of their facilities because it made black children feel inferior to their white peers.

KS:11th:3.1:Brown v. Board (2005)

Item Number: 208931
Call Number: FK2.S5 T.76 MRS *2
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 208931

Monroe School in Topeka, Kansas June Chapman with students Sumner Grade School, Topeka Mamie Luella Williams

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