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

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 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW 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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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

No trip to Little Rock is complete without a a visit to the Little Rock Central High School and museum. This is history I learned in school and the lessons learned are not to be forgotten. The school itself is a stunning building once called "The most beautiful high school in the nation". The current enrollment is approx 2600 students.... More

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Carrollton, Texas
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

It is hard to believe that this school has been open since 1927! The school is beautiful on the outside but needs work on the inside. These 2400 plus students and teachers deserve upgrades like fresh paint, new carpet and new blinds. It is honestly depressing to believe that so much turmoil and heartache have penetrated those walls. Despite all... More

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Granite Falls, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

If you go to this site, you must plan to tour the school. Just to walk in the steps of the Little Rock Nine and to climb the stairs that led to integration of schools in America and to be in the halls of where they endured so much so others could eventually gain so much was stirring to my... More

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Waconia, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This was a great, free, museum in Little Rock. It was a great culmination of our family vacation to Springfield, IL (Lincoln) and then to Memphis (Civil Rights Museum).

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I visited here a couple years ago and learned SO much about the Little Rock 9. There is an awesome Civil Rights Museum right by the school - it was so interesting to walk through and see what these 9 students had to endure all those years ago - just because they wanted to go to school. If you find... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We came to Little Rock specifically to visit the Clinton Museum, however the stories and footage about the Little Rock Nine made the more lasting impression. I am old enough to remember those times (in fact I'm only a couple years older than the students depicted), and the interactive presentation was both fascinating and sobering. Yes, we as a nation... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I'm a teacher so I really wanted to see Little Rock Central High School national historic site while we were in Little Rock. My husband was a little put out because even though it's "central" it wasn't right downtown or necessarily easy to find, and we needed to get on to our next destination. However, we were both glad we... More

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