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Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

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Address: 2120 W. Dasy Gatson Bates Dr., Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone Number: 15013963001
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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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Visiting my high school grounds

Nice seeing my old historic school and the new historical buildings. It is always a long walk when you take a tour of the school. Lots of steps

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Nice seeing my old historic school and the new historical buildings. It is always a long walk when you take a tour of the school. Lots of steps

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

I had seen the school before...actually a beautiful building. My good friend and fraternity bro is one of the asst principals, so he drove me by the school for a quick peek.

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Conway, Arkansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Our guests enjoyed this landmark, and actually ran into a history teacher who gave a great review of events and a friendly tour! He exemplified Little Rock hospitality!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 NEW

The National Park Museum does a great job of explaining who the Little Rock Nine were and how their actions played out on the world stage. In 1957 nine black high school students integrated Little Rock High School. Whites rioted and poured abuse on the students. The national and world press covered this big story The park service staff member... More 

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Anchorage, AK, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We went to the museum with a six year old, which turned out not to be a good idea. I would recommend going without young children. The location was easy to find and had free parking and admission. There was enough to keep adults engaged for hours. I am going back again on my next trip to Little Rock. The... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

After visiting the presidential library, you need to at least drive by Central High School. I did not realize it is still an active school.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I stood in front of the high school and imagined what it must have been like back in the 50s when everything was going on. The museum was very interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Step back in time...great museum across from the actual school. You will need to ask if they will show you the 30 minute informational documentary about the Little Rock Nine and Judge Davies. You will need to call a couple weeks ahead of time to actually make an appointment to tour the school, otherwise all you can do is go... More 

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

The museum was very interesting with a lot of information that I had never seen. The school itself is across the street and is still a high school with over 2,000 students enrolled. Anyone interested in history and a desire to see where history was made must make this a part of your trip to Little Rock!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Very easy to get to and plenty of parking. You are in an actual neighborhood but I never felt uncomfortable. The high school is HUGE, like, the largest school I've ever seen but it's beautiful. I only wish we woul dhave been able to take pictures inside of the displays of the Litte Rock 9, but obviously with it still... More 

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Address: Address: 2120 W. Dasy Gatson Bates Dr., Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone Number: 15013963001
Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Little Rock
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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