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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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Janesville, Wisconsin
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We decided to visit based on the information provided at the Clinton Museum. The visitor center is small but very easy to understand and learn about the historical importance! We enjoyed the visit and would recommend visiting.

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Wales
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I was able to visit Little Rock and see all of the attractions that it has to offer. I was selected to visit from the UK by the Rotary club of Little Rock. My experience was one of a lifetime and I am more than happy to share with all the experience I had when I visited the amazing state... More

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Cordes-sur-Ciel, France
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

My wife and I spent a morning at this site. We were fortunate to be able to catch up to the tour that had begun 5 minutes before we arrived. The tour of the actual school is only of three or four places. The tour guide was articulate and informative and put into words the actual events and some of... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Took place a couple of years ago, at the time a work was being done. it was a family reunion event. Had a super time. great for families. History is a;; over the place. Great time

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It was a brief look at the turmoil at Central High in 1957 It is free to get in and is next to the still existing Central High School.

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Swansea, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The historic site is awesome context for the school visit. The school is still an active school but you can walk around and read some things about that time period. The historical site was an eye opening experience for my son's who stated that they had not learned anything about the little rock 9 while in school.

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Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We were interested in learning more about what happened back in 1957. My wife grew up in Little Rock and took her ACT tests in the building, but never visited the site. The museum was very informative and provided a deeper understanding of the Little Rock 9 and their efforts to attend Little Rock Central. It was a pivotal moment... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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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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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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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