In the 1940s, Esther Brown, a white Jewish woman living in Merriam, Kan., led a legal fight to force the small South Park district in Johnson County to allow black students to attend a new school built with a $90,000 bond issue. In the city of Merriam, Brown Park, located at 5040 Booker Dr., is named after Esther Brown. Historical photos courtesy of Johnson County Museum and Kansas Historical Society. Tammy Ljungblad The Kansas City Star
In the 1940s, Esther Brown, a white Jewish woman living in Merriam, Kan., led a legal fight to force the small South Park district in Johnson County to allow black students to attend a new school built with a $90,000 bond issue. In the city of Merriam, Brown Park, located at 5040 Booker Dr., is named after Esther Brown. Historical photos courtesy of Johnson County Museum and Kansas Historical Society. Tammy Ljungblad The Kansas City Star

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October 11, 2016 12:20 PM

Esther Brown of Merriam pushed for desegregation of schools years before 1954 ruling

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