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Little Rock Central High School

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Address: 1500 Park Street, Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone Number: (501) 374-1957
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Activities: Leisure education
Description: 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 should be reserved in advance.
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A must see for every Little Rock visitor

This visit was such a great learning experience. I think every American should make a trip here to see what actually happened in this country, not that long ago. Especially in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This visit was such a great learning experience. I think every American should make a trip here to see what actually happened in this country, not that long ago. Especially in these current times of racial tension across the country, I learned things I never knew, and saw images from the years right before I was born. There are many... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This place is one of the best historical places i have been. Learning about the struggles and BRAVERY of the Little Rock Nine is truly a moving and altering experience. What fantastic and courageous people to take the first steps to change a terrible world. And on top of that, the layout of the museum was great and the staff... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

What brave young people they were to go to a white school! We found out that they became successful adults. Not surprised. Excellent multi-media presentation. A bit daunting to get close to the high school.

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Fenton, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Very interwsting and educational. I had no prior knowledge of the events at this high school. Amazing what happened there!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

If you are in Little Rock you should visit the Central High School National Monument. The visitor center is across the street diagonally from the still-active high school. The center is free and has an excellent video history and display of this civil rights landmark event. The gift shop is outstanding with lots of great books, posters, etc... The restored... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Well-presented story of the 1957 clashes over integration. A lot of audio and video featuring the nine students and a few white classmates.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Having grown up in Arkansas in the 6o's and having not lived there since the 70's, this was a wonderful museum/park visit. It very tastefully showcases a very tragic time in history. Everyone should visit.

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We saw the school last weekend on a visit to Little Rock. We were amazed at the size of the school! It is 3 times the size of the photos that I remember seeing. They only show the middle portion. It must have been so intimidating for those 9 students to enter that building. It is a very handsome building.... More 

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Highland Village, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Very well kept frontage and gardens. All staff were remarkably helpful and polite in the adjacent visitor center.

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Ponca City, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The school was nice to look at, but as it is a "working" school it cannot be toured. The park facility across the street contains a good history of the time. Bathrooms were nice and there were water fountains.

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