Traveling Exhibit

Traveling Exhibit Interpretive Program Brown v. Board of Education
In Pursuit of Freedom and Equality: Kansas and the African American Public School Experience, 1855-1955

Call (785) 235-3939 to schedule the exhibit or slides. 
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Exhibit Overview

The legal victory in Brown v. Board of Education dismantled the legal framework for racial segregation. The Supreme Court's findings were based on the 14th Amendment to the Constitution and thereby set into motion social and political movements that changed the course of history.

This exciting visual presentation uses images and text to share little known facts about the history of the Brown decision. Today few people realize that as early as 1849 African Americans fought the system of education in this country that mandated separate schools for their children based solely on race. In many instances these schools were substandard facilities with out-of-date textbooks and often no basic school supplies. What was not in question was the dedication of the African American teachers assigned to these schools.

This chronological look at the history of Brown leaves the viewer with a clear understanding that efforts still continue across the country to realize the dream of individuals and organizatons that challenged a system that would deny them access to equal educational opportunity and their basic civil rights.

This exhibit is appropriate for grade six through adults.

Exhibit Layout

The exhibit is a 12-panel framed display. Each panel measures 24" x 36" and can be either set on easels or wall hung. The slides contain the same images and text as the exhibit and come in a set of 12 slides. A script is provided for narration. Viewing time depends on the narrators rate of reading.

Shipping weight of the exhibit is approximately 60 pounds and the dimension of the shipping case is 40" x 30" x 28".

How To Borrow The Exhibit

To borrow either the exhibit or slides, the following must be submitted to the Brown Foundation:

  • A letter of request from the sponsor including dates of use. Material may be on loan up to four weeks.
  • A signed Loan Agreement with specification of how shipping expenses will be charged. Shipping must include insurance. The agreement stipulates that the Borrower agrees to protect the loan against damage, theft and loss, at the value listed in the agreement. The loan fee is stated in the agreement.

Exhibit Program Ideas

To enhance the exhibition while on loan sponsors are encouraged to plan programs, etc. around exhibit theme.
The following are program ideas:

  • Invite school classes, i.e., field trips
  • Convene panel discussion of educators, historians or legal scholars
  • Conduct a mock trial
  • Sponsor essay contest for classes after exhibit viewing
  • Host a reception for your community for an exhibition opening