Summer 2017, Day 24: Brown vs. Board of Education NHS

The end of the world?  No, just a passing front here at Lyon Lake in Kansas:

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We drove east to Topeka, where we visited Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site:

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The visitor center is housed in a Topeka school that was all-black before the court case forced the school district to desegregate:

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These signs are not period-authentic, as the school was all-black, then desegregated:

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Some rooms were restored to their original appearance:

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Other rooms now house exhibits:

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We continued east to Kansas City.  We had made arrangements to park at a synaogue for Shabbos in Kansas City’s Overland Park suburb, but it turned out that it had no exterior power outlets. With the forecast calling for humid conditions with temperatures in the low 90s, experiencing Shabbos in our RV under the relentless Kansas sun without air conditioning was unlikely to be enjoyable, so we made some last minute calls and were invited by Rabbi Mendy Wineberg to join his congregation for Shabbos at the Chabad of Leawood. Leawood is an outer suburb of Kansas City, and the Chabad of Leawood is the only synagogue that serves this area.

Also attending as guests were a family from Baltimore and a family from Brooklyn who were also in town to view this summer’s eclipse, which is now only two days away. The family from Brooklyn rented an RV in Kansas City and parked it right in front of the synagogue so they could carry their baby back and forth into the synagogue.

See the alternating light blue line on the trip map for today’s drive.

Summer 2017, Day 23: Barbed Wire Museum, Fort Larned NHS, Tallgrass Prairie NP
Summer 2017, Day 26: Truman NHS, Grant NHS

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