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May 18, 2014

Brown v. Board of Education ruling, reactions re-enacted on Twitter

Staff at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site are using Twitter to re-enact the 1954 Brown v. Board ruling and reactions.

Staff at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site are using Twitter to re-enact the 1954 Brown v. Board ruling and reactions.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/S50i9a) they’ve created dozens of Twitter accounts representing historical figures such as court clerks, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren and Georgia Gov. Herman Talmadge. Other accounts represent specific newspapers, churches and other perspectives from 1954.

The tweets started Saturday with message from Ellis McKay, the Supreme Court Clerk who went down to the court’s basement on May 17, 1954, to pick up copies of the ruling. Throughout the weekend, the Twitter accounts are re-enacting the reactions on May 17 and the month that followed.

To view a summarized re-enactment, visit the Brown v. Board National Historic Site Twitter feed, @BRVB–NHS.

Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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