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    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003

    Article - 'Brown V. Board' school may be spared or razed

    From The AP Wire:

    The Kansas State Historical Society said Thursday it won't allow city officials to demolish the former all-white school that was at the center of the Brown v. Board of Education case.

    The Topeka City Council had given preliminary approval this week to begin the destruction, but the historical society contends that a 2002 agreement requires the city to preserve the structure until 2012.

    The covenant, signed by then-Topeka Mayor Butch Felker in 2002, can be amended or released only by mutual written agreement.
    Should this fight be just local economics
    or become national because of the Brown v. Board of Education case ?

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    Cyburbian Otis's avatar
    Mar 2002
    Upper left edge
    Years ago when I had some work in Topeka a local woman took around to get a taste of the city, and she made a point of taking me by the Sumner School. She was proud that her kids went to school there, and proud that Topeka had such an important role in the desgregation battles. I think it was be most unfortunate to lose the school. I can't help thinking that there is some economically viable adaptive use for the building. Does anyone know whether the Topeka city council just wants to sell it off for a quick buck, or if there some other genuine issues at work here?

    Topeka has a whole tour route based on key sites in the Brown v. Board of Education case. http://brownvboard.org/tour/tour.htm
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