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Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Address: 2120 W. Dasy Gatson Bates Dr., Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone Number: +1 501-374-1957
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Ranked #1 of 49 Attractions in Little Rock
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: Interpreting the Civil Rights Movement with an emphasis on school integration, this National...
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Type: Educational Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Leisure education
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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.

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Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Educational, well presented information at museum across from Central High School. Friendly staff, excellent displays.

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Warrenville, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

We visited in January 2015. We started in the visitor center reading the displays and watching the video getting a better idea of what happened. As it was January, we didn't appreciate that some of the exhibit was picking up phones and listening...being flu season, we opted not to do this. Nevertheless, there was adequate displays to better understand the... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

See a piece of our history. A stirring exhibit of a difficult times in our nation's history. Our past comes to life.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This is a great attraction for Little Rock with so much history! A must see for anyone visiting our city! Also, a great attraction for our local community!

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The first time I went I actually had the tour and the young lady was an amazing storyteller. I learned a lot about this historic event.

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Redlands, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The visitors center is small and the high school is not available to tour unless you arrange ahead, but the visitors center is still well-worth a visit. I knew very little about the Little Rock 9 before-hand, but I got a little teary several times as I read about them and their courage and the hardships they faced. I walked... More 

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Boblingen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit- my daughter (8 years) and I like to plan vacations around national parks and truly enjoyed this one. The rangers were accessible and knowledgable and gave a great presentation. We were able to "glom" onto a school field trip and got the full experience of the tour. The information ranged from very accessible to an... More 

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Cordova, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I took a group of high school kids to the museum first and then we walked across the street with the park ranger for a tour of the high school! The experience was surreal... School was in session so students were there. The school and community hasn't changed one bit...very educational...moving...and I could just go on and on ...you just... More 

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Victoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Excellent exhibits of great importance. To think of the courage of the 9 teens and their families is humbling. I thank them for paving the way for civil rights of all Americans.

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Arlington, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Wife and I came here, first to the museum across the street and then to the high school, which happens to be under the protection of the National Park Service. The museum is very small but still quite informative. The exhibits consist mostly of panels you read and accompanying pictures, but there's a little audio sprinkled in there, too. The... More 

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