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Little Rock Central High School

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Address: 1500 Park Street, Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone Number: +1 501 374-1957
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Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Interpreting the Civil Rights Movement with an emphasis on school...

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. 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. Visitor entrance into the school is via free Ranger-led tours, which need to be reserved in advance to guarantee participation.

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Arrived late on Sat. afternoon with only an hour til Visitor Center close. For me, not enough time!! I would not hv known about this if it weren't for Trip Advisor. There is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Humboldt, Kansas
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40 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Arrived late on Sat. afternoon with only an hour til Visitor Center close. For me, not enough time!! I would not hv known about this if it weren't for Trip Advisor. There is a reason that this is highest rated attraction in Little Rock. If you r interested in the history of desegregation in US education, this is a must... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In 1957 the world first saw the ugliness of segregation as nine black Americans attempted to integrate Little Rock Central High School. Reporters trying to cover the event were pressured by police and used a nearby gas station as their headquarters. This building later became the first visitors' center for the site and is still carefully preserved. Through film and... More 

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Thank Randy L
Florissant, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited the high school and museum. The museum is incredibly well done. Even if you lived through that turbulent time, you should be visit and be reminded. Very interesting.

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Thank MarthaAnne1953
Little Rock
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Two of my son's went to school here. When you walk in the main door, there is a display of the Little Rock 9. It is a very touching display. The school seems to be a very disciplined school. My boys enjoyed going to school there. The school is huge! My youngest son had 900 students in his graduation class... More 

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Thank Lori P
Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So much information provided in a well planned small area...so perfect for those not able to walk too much. The staff were well informed and very pleasant. A beaut little shop for a good range of books DVD's plus kids stuff and other souveniers. Close to the actual school so we were able to drive buy and talk photos before... More 

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stopped here because of reviews on trip advisor. It was worth the stop. The visitor center associated with the high school gave lots of pertinent information and a must if you see the school.

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Thank Jean B
Fort Smith, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We missed the Visitor's center the first time we went to Little Rock because we got there too late. It is on the opposing corner on the right, if you look at the school from the front. This was the best continuation for the museum at the Lorraine Motel. It is very well set, great displays, and tells the story... More 

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Thank Evaristo-Lopez
North Babylon, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very moving, tear jerking experience. The visitors center tells the story of 9 brave African American teens who sustained ridicule and physical abuse while trying to receive an education like anyone else. It brought me to tears, listening to the accounts of these brave 9 people. The exhibit is wonderful and something that everyone should take the... More 

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Thank Nancy B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Do not miss the Visitors Center. There are stations where you can put on headphones and listen and watch short videos narrated by the original 9. Very informative and emotional. The rangers are so friendly and eager to answer questions.

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Thank Jacki W
Shelton, CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a wonderful guide who regaled us with history and anecdotes. A must-see part of American history.

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