The newest mural in the historic Kansas State Capitol was unveiled today before a crowd of lawmakers, dignitaries, and civil rights leaders. The mural, which is in the Old Supreme Court room, commemorates the historic court case which led to the desegregation of public schools (and eventually all public places) in the United States.

Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. released the following statement:

“Upon Linda Brown’s passing earlier this year I remarked that her life reminded us all that sometimes the most unlikely people can have an incredible impact, and that by serving our community we can truly change the world. Linda Brown never sought to change the world, she just wanted to go to school, but the torch she lit for freedom and justice was carried far and wide.

“It should be a point of pride for all of us that Kansas, founded as a beacon of freedom less than 100 years earlier, was the site of the first major victory for the forces of justice over the evils of segregation and Jim Crow. It is my immense pleasure to unveil this mural to honor not only Linda Brown but all who fought and continue to fight for equal justice under law.”

Linda Brown, a lifelong resident of Topeka, passed away earlier this year at 75.