Brown v. Board School Among Most Endangered Places

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The formerly-segregated Sumner Elementary School in Topeka has been named one of the 11 most endangered historic places in America.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is announcing the 11 places Tuesday, and a morning event is planned at the school to mark the designation.

Sumner Elementary School helped launch the nation's Civil Rights Movement as the centerpiece of the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education. But today the school sits in a deteriorated and threatened state, vacant since 1996.

As current problems remain unaddressed and damage worsens, the school is being allowed to deteriorate even more and no money has been allocated to preserve it.

In the early 1950s, Sumner was one of eight white elementary schools in the Brown case.

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