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Little Rock Central High School

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Address: 1500 Park Street, Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone Number: +1 501 374-1957
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9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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 need to be reserved in advance to guarantee participation.

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This was my fave stop on family road trip. First off I was in awe of the size and elegance if this edifice!!!!! Sad that it has such a negative history attached to it but was... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was my fave stop on family road trip. First off I was in awe of the size and elegance if this edifice!!!!! Sad that it has such a negative history attached to it but was simply amazed by the school!!! The visitors center was very informative and my teenage niece had a great time intimately acquainting herself with the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful building, so much history. The only downside is your unavailable to go inside. The visitor center is great and the staff was great.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Seeing the high school is cool. The visitor center is great to showing the impact and importance of the events that occurred at this place. Guides were outstanding.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I enjoyed taking my daughters and allowing to learn about history. The high school is beautiful and well taken care of. Youth need to know the history of our country and if you are in little rock this is one of the top destinations. It will not disappoint. Stop by.

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Kankakee, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went to tour the Little Rock High School Historic Site July 14, 2016. I am not sure if the school itself was open to the public, but we toured the "museum/visitor center". I am embarrassed to say the information I received there did not appear in any history books that I'd ever been required to read. The bravery and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I drove over 2 hours to take this tour, and I was not disappointed. While most of the school was closed off in preparation for an event, the rest of the tour more than made up for it. I was surprised to learn that our tour guide only began working here 2 months ago! He was enthusiastic, welcoming, friendly, and... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn't really know what to expect, but the tour of Central High was the favorite of my trip. The park ranger who gave the tour was knowledgeable beyond belief, the events relived in a compassionate and extraordinary way. The nine are remarkable human beings. I booked a tour based on phone number in another review, but decided to go on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thank you for not hiding behind the truth. First off, the high school is an absolute marvel despite the bigotry that took place within the walls. The high school is still open and I can imagine the stories ingrained within the walls. This is a beautifully done historical site. Thank you for allowing us a glimpse into your history. This... More 

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Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour is free to the public, but you have to sign up in advance. Tour guide was excellent and was very knowledgable about the location. School is still open with students going class to class which I thought was very interesting. Enjoyed the tour, inside and outside of the building.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The exhibit was very informative and interesting. You can't go into the school, but it's a really beautiful school and an important part of our history.

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