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Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

2120 W. Dasy Gatson Bates Dr., Little Rock, AR 72202
+1 501-374-1957
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Ranked #1 of 53 attractions in Little Rock
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Historic Sites, Educational Sites
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: Interpreting the Civil Rights Movement with an emphasis on school integration, this National Historic Site focuses on the 1957 desegregation crisis... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Waconia, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

This was a great, free, museum in Little Rock. It was a great culmination of our family vacation to Springfield, IL (Lincoln) and then to Memphis (Civil Rights Museum).

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Miami, Florida
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267 helpful votes 267 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I visited here a couple years ago and learned SO much about the Little Rock 9. There is an awesome Civil Rights Museum right by the school - it was so interesting to walk through and see what these 9 students had to endure all those years ago - just because they wanted to go to school. If you find... More

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Dallas, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We came to Little Rock specifically to visit the Clinton Museum, however the stories and footage about the Little Rock Nine made the more lasting impression. I am old enough to remember those times (in fact I'm only a couple years older than the students depicted), and the interactive presentation was both fascinating and sobering. Yes, we as a nation... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I'm a teacher so I really wanted to see Little Rock Central High School national historic site while we were in Little Rock. My husband was a little put out because even though it's "central" it wasn't right downtown or necessarily easy to find, and we needed to get on to our next destination. However, we were both glad we... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I was thoroughly amazed at this center. There is so much information to read, and even more videos to watch. A must visit if in the area. Added benefit, the actual school is directly across the street and is open for tours.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

The visitor center is well done, with tons of footage of the TV coverage of the confrontation. Is a hoot to see Mike Wallace, Harry Reasoner, et. al. all looking like kids. The school itself (still in full service as a high school) is really an architectural beauty. The message is sobering, and while we've come a long way as... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This is a powerful way to spend an hour or so while you're in Little Rock. I recommend reading Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Patillo Beals (one of the Little Rock Nine) on your way into Little Rock so you'll be prepared to understand the importance of this place. Fantastic visitors center! I wish I arranged for a tour of... More

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Oranjestad, Aruba
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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Really a step back in time. especially for my kids who didn knew about this nasty piece of history from not so long ago. recommend everyone who want to learn from the past.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

My family and I recently visited this lovely museum. The lay out is wonderful and the staff were great. It is not a very big museum, but you can spend plenty of time there reading all of the information that is posted. There is also a small gift store where you can buy books and other memorabilia. After visiting the... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The guides were friendly and patient, but some were more knowledgeable than others. The displays were wonderful and taught me so much. I liked the interactivity of some of the displays and the chance to push a button and sit down with a phone to listen to some of the anecdotes without disturbing other patrons. If you also want to... More

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