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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 54 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

On a recent visit to Little Rock, we took time to visit the Central High School Visitors Center. Until getting there, we had not realized the high school is still in use and the visitor’s center helps people recall 1957 when the Little Rock Nine integrated Central High School. It was a poignant moment for us, because as we visited... More

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We did a drive by tour and it was compelling to see such a grand school with so many stories and lives that are a part of it. The grounds are beautiful. There is a Visitor Center across the street and there is a restored gas station too. My mother was a Senior here in 1957 and this was a... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Great exhibit that provided context for the history preceding and following the events that took place at Central High.

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I'm only giving this a 3 point review because we didn't go on the tour inside the building. I'm 63 and remember the headlines...but when we drove up to the school it was imposingly prominent. Our TV screens were small and so my memory had the school small ..not the case. It's a beautiful structure and now historically significant. What... More

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Austin, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The history and to see the old building as well as the new. The building and the tour guides were outstanding.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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68 reviews 68 reviews
18 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

If you're in Little Rock, I consider this is must do visit. The historic site is interesting, well designed, and does an excellent job with the history of CHS.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This was such a great location got history buffs. The information center provides a no holds bar view on what happened and the repercussions for the actions taken. It really takes you back to the time and the ongoing issues that were occurring with race relations at the time. This museum offers a great study on leadership and on community... More

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Houston, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I've been traveling to Little Rock all my life and have always wanted to visit this historic site. Our visit was very short, we really enjoyed the beautiful architecture of the high school.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This was a great place for my kids to learn about the history of the civil rights movement. Take the time to walk over to the historic (yet current) high school where the events of the Little Rock 9 took place.

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Dallas, Texas
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Loved this museum!! Nice size...great content...informative but not over whelmimg. Best part were the speaking exhibits, hearing the story in the "Little Rock Nine's" own voices and in their own words.

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