Mural commemorating historic court ruling nears completion


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A large mural in Topeka commemorating the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case is nearing completion.

The 1954 ruling declared that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students were unconstitutional. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the 130-foot-wide, 30-foot-tall mural has been three years in the making. It's being painted on the side of the Hill & Co. building, across the street from the national historic site dedicated to the ruling.

A Kansas City, Missouri, artist, Michael Toombs, is the artistic director for the mural. Funding came from grants, along with individual and corporate donors.

Residents have the opportunity to be part of the process. Painting sessions open to the public are planned for 9 a.m. to noon Thursday through Saturday, weather permitting.


Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal,


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