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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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Walking in 1950s shoes

Little Rock has an checkered history and came to the nation's attention in the late 1950s when 9 African American high school students left their separate and unequal high school... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Little Rock has an checkered history and came to the nation's attention in the late 1950s when 9 African American high school students left their separate and unequal high school and tried to walk into the all white Central High School. Since the architecturally beautiful school is still a working high school, the National Parks Department has established a Little... More 

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Exton, Pennsylvania, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We were fortunate to arrive in time to join a Ranger lead tour of Little Rock Central High School. The school is impressive looking more like a college than a typical high school, but the events that took place in it almost 60 years ago were brought to life by the Ranger. I had indeed forgotten the trauma that the... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

It takes you back in time. It's a reality check. The Little Rock Nine is one of the reasons I am where I am today!

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Cedar Park, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Interesting interpretive center that is worth a visit. They offer tours with prior reservation, but I did not go on one. Make sure to visit the memorial at the state capitol afterwards.

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Batesville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Great museum with lots of history to offer. Situated across from the school in which it all takes place, this place is informative and moving. A reminder of that education is a fundamental right to be available to all.

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I always wanted to see this site and happened to notice that Southwest had a cheap fare a little over $100 from Baltimore-Little Rock so I jumped on it. And, man, was it worth it! I literally spent the day touring this site and the Clinton Library and was completely fulfilled by day's end. While I can't say that Arkansas... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

There aren't many things that could get me to stop in Little Rock, Arkansas. In fact, I'm not even crazy about having to drive through this state. However, on our way to Memphis, we decided to stop and visit The Little Rock Central High School Museum. In short, this is one of the best museums I've ever visited. The video... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

What a fantastic memorial to an event and era that (as Australians) we had little to no idea about. My hubby is all about sport and not so much about education but he LOVED this place. The boards and videos and all the bits and pieces were so incredible to explore. A few exhibits weren't working perfectly but otherwise an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This relatively small historic site, run by the National Park Service, and dedicated to the 1957 desegregation of Little Rock's Central High School, offers an in-depth account of the events of September 1957 and their aftermath. You could spend 1/2 hour or over an hour here because the site provides numerous video clips of actual news broadcasts and more recent... More 

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Saint Louis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

A trip to Little Rock wouldn't be complete without going to Central High School. The National Park Service has done a wonderful job of documenting this historical event and it's impact on desegregation in the United States. I was nearly moved to tears. The school still operates and one can't tour the school, but just being nearby suffices. We were... More 

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