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Little Rock Central High School

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Address: 1500 Park Street, Little Rock, AR 72202-5843
Phone Number:
+1 501-374-1957
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09:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This National Park Service site encompasses the campus, but Central High is...

This National Park Service site encompasses the campus, but Central High is still an active high school. Visitors should park and begin their visit at the National Park Visitor Center, located diagonally across from the campus, at 2120 W. Daisy Gatson Bates Drive. Visitor entrance into the school is via free Ranger-led tours, which need to be reserved in advance to guarantee participation. Interpreting the Civil Rights Movement with an emphasis on school integration, this National Historic Site focuses on the 1957 desegregation crisis that resulted when Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus ordered National Guard troops to prevent the first African American students, "The Little Rock Nine," from entering formerly all white Little Rock Central High School, leading to federal intervention by order of President Dwight Eisenhower.

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Makes you stop and think

Visited here with another friend. The exhibits brought the issue to life and gave terrific insights into the state of that time. I would like to see more classes, more takeaway... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited here with another friend. The exhibits brought the issue to life and gave terrific insights into the state of that time. I would like to see more classes, more takeaway, more insights into the state of racism today and now it should be addressed in our every day lives. This is the catalyst for what can be done and... More 

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Louisiana
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I knew the story of the Little Rock 9 and I always wanted to see the school where history was made by a group of teenagers. There were pictures and short videos, interviews with Mike Wallace and before and after pictures of the students that risked their lives for a better education. Very informative. It was the weekend so we... More 

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Jabbeke, Belgium
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the National Historic SIte on May 18th. There is parking in front of the Visitor Center. There is a film and an exhibition about segeration. They do guided tours at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. You have to call to make a reservation. If walk in and there is still place available you can sign up and join... More 

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Very informative and thought provoking. Inspires you to think about what you as an individual can do.

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Jefferson, Oregon
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great historical exibit. Everyone needs to see this and learn about an important society changing event. Must see the video presentation for an overview.

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Valdosta, Georgia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tragic events that have made this high school so well known were part of my high school era. Having the experience of walking through the halls and seeing and hearing the accomplishments of today's Central High School student gave me a very positive feeling of hope for our collective future. As a historic site, it has a unique place... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have the opportunity, the ranger led tour is incredible. The visitor center is really well done and worth a quick stop on its own. But to hear about the events of the Little Rock 9 while standing in front of the school or inside the auditorium on the ranger led tour is really powerful. I knew the basics... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately we could not go inside because we missed the tour. They have 2, 9AM and 1PM. We visited the visitor center and it was interesting.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see historical site. I knew the basics of the Little Rock 9, but had no idea how it actually played out. The tour is about one hour and is given by a park ranger. I learned a lot about this part of history that I had no idea about. It is a must see tour.

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Washington,D.C.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The visitor center near the high school was small but very informative. It told the background of school desegregation in the South and the Little Rock crisis that caused the intervention of Eisenhower and the military. It was also nice in that it told the story of the Little Rock Nine and how they fared AFTER they integrated the high... More 

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