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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: +1 501-374-1957
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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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We had no idea there was a very informative museum and commemorative park dedicated to the Little Rock Nine right across the street from the school. The school is huge, on a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We had no idea there was a very informative museum and commemorative park dedicated to the Little Rock Nine right across the street from the school. The school is huge, on a beautiful campus and worth seeing.

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Corpus Christi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Puts a lot of things into perspective. Visit the National Park Service offerings. Their staff was quite knowledgeable.

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Southfield, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The interpretive exhibit for the Little Rock Central High School is located a block from the school. However, it should not be missed. Here, the 1957 desegregation case is placed within its historical context concerning the struggle for equality for all American citizens. While the photos, interpretive text and interactive displays were quite insightful, I spent the majority of my... More 

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Jonesboro, Arkansas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Just doesn't appear to live up to historical facts but does pay tribute to the struggles of the times. More displaying people as victims instead of identifying their achievements.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The visitor center is very nice. You can sit and watch and listen to video from that time while you are looking out at the high school. A very informative and moving experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Awesome!!!! WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR???!! This place ROCKS OUT!! If you haven't been here< you are missing out!!! Be there or be spuare!!

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Whittier, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

It is hard to be reminded of where we were 58 years ago. This is a must sure for everyone. If you go be sure to make reservations ahead of time for the Ranger Tour this is the only way you can go inside of the school.

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Mableton, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

If you are a history buff, this is one place to put on your bucket list. The collection of historical data and interviews is immense. Plan to spend at least three hours touring this, in my opinion, is the best of the NPS sites!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Glad I stopped. I was there when school was let out, and to see all shades of colours walking by in harmony was great. Fantastic information laid out in various forms of text, video & radio. Helpful staff.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This is a great historic sight! Take a look at the museum and the little gas station across from the school itself. The school itself it a great sight. However as a nearly 80 year old school, it has become dilapidated.

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