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Little Rock Central High School

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Address: 1500 S Park St, Little Rock, AR 72202-5843
Phone Number: +1 501 374-1957
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This National Park Service site encompasses the campus, but Central High is...

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, at 2120 W. Daisy Gatson Bates Drive. Visitor entrance into the school is via free Ranger-led tours, which need to be reserved in advance to guarantee participation. 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, leading to federal intervention by order of President Dwight Eisenhower.

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The school is a very important active landmark for the Civil Rights Struggle that seemed to have peaked during the late 1950's and 1960"s and it is just a important reminder of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Cabot, Arkansas
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Cabot, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The school is a very important active landmark for the Civil Rights Struggle that seemed to have peaked during the late 1950's and 1960"s and it is just a important reminder of those events. The small, but nice museum that is located near the school is in itself a very interesting tour of an important time in our history. Go... More 

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Little Rock, AR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Central High School (and the accompanying visitor center) is a must do on your list of things to see in Little Rock. The school's architecture is wonderful. Take the tour or visit with one of the Park guides. The visitor center has great history and items in it. Bring your kids and tell them about the history at this place.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Even though I have lived in Little Rock for many years, I had never been to the Central High Museum. Recently we had out of state guests who wanted to go. I was amazed at all of the information that was included there. It was very educational and was presented nicely. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. Vi highly... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very cool history with a guide and walk through. There were visitors from other countries the first time I visited. A must do if you have a few days in little rock.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

National Historic Site that does a good job reviewing the events of September 1957 and the Little Rock Nine. LT Central is still an active school. Please respect this and stay on the public sidewalk and visit the visitor center across the street.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting and informative experience. The museum was well designed and easy to navigate. The displays are interactive and are placed in ways that help you to see and understand what the city must have been like. The school itself is much bigger than I expected. The school is still an active 4 year high school. While we did... More 

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Topeka, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ran by the National Park Service, this Historical site is where segregation in schools was challenged after a Supreme Court ruling. The visitor center has many excellent photos & interactive exhibits. Recommended for anyone interested in the civil rights movement or American history!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family very much enjoyed the school and the museum. Our kids are 8 and 11 and they walked away from this place with so many more questions, which is perfect! This was so eye opening for all of us to experience this place, stand on those steps in front of the school. The museum is well done. Spend time... More 

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North Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great museum. Was a little upsetting for my younger son but a lesson that must be learned. Not huge so it won't take much time. The school is huge though so allow more time if you are touring the actual school.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I highly recommend this historic site. It is informative and moving. The visitor center features a video, museum, and junior ranger program. The Mobil gas station across the street and has been preserved as well. I wouldn't go there at night, it isn't in a very good area.

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