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Central High School

14th Street, Little Rock, AR
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Ranked #4 of 51 attractions in Little Rock
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Activities: Leisure education
Description: Built in 1927, this school was the center of the fight for desegregation during the 1950s.
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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

You can't actually go into the High School, as it is still a real school. However, you can go to the front and see where the angry mobs stood. You can go into the visitor center across the street and watch all kinds of footage and listen to great recorded interviews from the people involved. It was an amazingly moving... More

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Rabat, Morocco
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

First we drove around the school and then stopped in at the National Park Service-run building. While not all of the exhibits dealt directly with Central High School, it was a concise but very well organized exhibit documenting the Civil Rights Movement. Spent about two hours here - would definitely go back.

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Detroit, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Paraphrased from Susan B. Anthony, " Today's fanatics are tomorrows heroes." Thank you Little Rock Nine, for standing and enduring.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Everyone has seen film clips of The Little Rock Nine and Central High. This is a beautiful school that was the sight of human hatefulness. Today's Central High reflects how history can be made on the steps of a high school and impact students generations later. Walk down the street, across the lawn and up the imposing steps and imagine... More

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Branson, Missouri
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

The Little Rock Nine and Central High School are Americana past that need be remembered and taught to all generation today and forward. How quickly we take for granted the brave and bold actions taken by those who risked safe-guard and life to break through the segregation barriers of a divided county. Our visit was brief, and we did not... More

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Going to Central High was quite the experience. For an American history buff, to be able to walk on the same streets as the Little Rock Nine was truly humbling. The small museum and gift shop next door was also really well done.

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Make sure you visit when the museum is open, as the old tv footage from 1957 brings history to life.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

If you are in Little Rock you a stop at the Central High National Historic Site is a must for anyone with an interest in American history, which should be everyone. The visitor's center has very informative displays, and the school building itself is a beautiful structure.

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Tennessee
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69 reviews 69 reviews
3 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Visited the museum and found the displays of photos, recordings, and memorabilia to be outstanding. Such a compelling story that should never be forgotten. The restored gas station across the street is part of the property. Visitors must see the actual high school, which is on the next block. It is a large, rather ornate building when one considers how... More

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Jonesboro, Arkansas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

This site is an essential visit for anyone who wants to understand Civil Rights and its connections to Arkansas -- and American history. The visitors' center is near the high school. It's really well organized, and the various exhibits are engaging and well presented. They're designed so that visitors can gain as deep an experience of history as they may... More

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