Separate Is Not Equal - Brown v. Board of Education

Smithsonian National Museum of American History Behring Center

Fourth-grade class, Potwin School, Topeka, Kansas, 1950. Courtesy of Topeka Shawnee Public Library. The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is proud to present a special exhibition, Separate Is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this major turning point in American history. At fifty, its relevance shines on. One-teacher school, Veazy, Georgia, 1941. Courtesy of Library of Congress.


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Educational Materials

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