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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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Activities: Leisure education
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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History!

Seeing it up close puts in perspective some things. The school has great architecture especially since it was built in the 1920s. Being a southerner I have had many a lesson on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Seeing it up close puts in perspective some things. The school has great architecture especially since it was built in the 1920s. Being a southerner I have had many a lesson on the climate of the times. No fee but leave a donation.

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Tulsa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

We didn't know what to expect, but went out of respect for the significance of the events that happened at the school in 1957. The school itself is a majestic and beautiful building, still in use. So visitors stay outside to take pictures and look. Across the street are the National Park facility and a gas station preserved as it... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We had an excellent guided tour. We learned a lot and actually toured the school which was in session. U.S. Forest Rangers offer the tour. Check out Central High on-line for details.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

beautiful school. really interesting to visit during the day--kids are changing classes--black, white, Latino, Asian, kids with nose rings, kids with hijabs, a beautiful sight to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A real surprise to find this national park. Educational exhibits relating the story of school integration in the south. Actual footage of the integration of Little Rock High. Excellent presentation of what happened and how it efected the children.

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Malvern, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The history behind this school is amazing. If you plan it just right, you will be able to go inside the school. This site would be perfect for any large or small group that loves history

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Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This building is across the street from the high school and it details everything about the 1957 desegregation and the Little Rock 9. Free of charge, self guided.

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carmel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Ran by this attraction at the little rock marathon and had to make a comment. The history itself will make you appreciate this building. When you see it your jaw drops. For a school it is just amazing!!!!

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

There are few high schools in American that tell a story, but this is one of them. As with most public school buildings, this one shows its age in certain areas. But you should overlook that and remember that this high school stands as a struggle... against prejudice and the need for new, shiny things. Hopefully, it will stand for... More 

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Dallas, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I liked learning more about what was occurring during this time. There's a visitor building with photos and displays and gift shop. Across the street is the high school which is still operational. We were there on a Sunday, so it was closed, but we went on the grounds and peeked through the windows and doors to see inside.

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