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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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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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Important American site. Beautiful Building

At one time, was voted as the most beautiful school in the US. Very important in the US civil rights story and in the integration of American schools. Very good visitor center... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

At one time, was voted as the most beautiful school in the US. Very important in the US civil rights story and in the integration of American schools. Very good visitor center, videos, pictures, knowledgeable US Park Service guides. Every one should know about and see what happened here. I have participated in seminars at the visitor center.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

The videos here will flood you with memories if you lived through these dramatic events. The entire museum is excellent.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

I recently visited LR Cental High School Visitors Center with a group of Middle School Students. The exhibits are very interesting for any age group. The video from the actual events from The Crisis of Central High-the Little Rock Nine is captivating. Our group was thrilled when we learned that we would be able to go into LR Central High... More 

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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

During my recent trip through the south I have toured museums, battlefields, plantations, a presidential library and parks and truly loved almost all of them, but touring Little Rock Central High School ( the only active school that is also part of the National Park System) and feeling as though I was walking where the Little Rock Nine had walked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

While not extensive or elaborate, it is nonetheless interesting and worthwhile. Because it was a major event in the civil rights movement, it is helpful in understanding the mood and attitude in that part of the country at that time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Wow! I was only two years old when this happened in Little Rock. Yet growing up in the 60s I was very aware of the civil rights movement. What a pivotal moment in history in our country. I was taken back in time and so glad that this school has been memorialized as a historic national Park. A must see,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

My daughter took me to vista Little Rock Central High School a few days ago. The building is alone worth the trip. But of course the historical significance for anyone with an interest in the Civil Rights Movement of the "60s, it is a shrine. The Information Centre across the street is not to be missed. The national site contains... More 

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Cheltenham, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

What was amazing about this museum is the realization of how much one does not know about the civil rights movement. Remembering the searing images from TV when I was a child, does not do justice to what actually went on in this community. We never knew that Little Rock closed down their high schools the year after the historic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015 via mobile

Had no intention of coming here, but had an hour to kill on the way to the airport. If you like psychology and social sciences, politics, architecture, or history, take the time to stop here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

If you want to go inside the HS you need to call ahead to make a reservation for the park ranger to take you in. The tour lasts 45 minutes to an hour depending on how many questions you ask. There are only 2 tours per day... 9AM and 1PM. Going on the tour is well worth the time. The... More 

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