The Highland House Museum announced over the weekend that professor Ric Sheffield of Kenyon College will be speaking this Thursday at 7 p.m. on the effects of the landmark Brown v Board of Education of Topeka, KS decision on rural Ohio.
Entitled, “In the Wake of Brown: The Color of Classrooms in Rural Ohio,” Brown is part of the Ohio Humanities Speaker’s Bureau and “well known for his thought provoking insight,” according to organizers.
He is an assistant professor of Legal Studies and Sociology at Kenyon College and director of the Law and Society Program. He has served on the Ohio Supreme Court State Bar Association’s Joint Task Force on Gender Fairness.
The Highland County Historical Society recently opened its new Lincoln School Exhibit and film which tells the story of the integration of Hillsboro Elementary Schools following the Brown decision. Hillsboro was the first northern test case of the Brown decision and was important in ending segregation in other cities.
During the month of June, the museum is hosting the national Brown v Board of Education travelling exhibit, sponsored by the Highland County Bar Association. The museum is open every Saturday and Sundy from 1-4 p.m.
The museum will open at 6 p.m. on Thursday for this event. Attendees are encouraged to come early to view the Lincoln Exhibit. Admission is always free.