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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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Since Central High is still an active high school, most of the visitation is at the visitors center across the street. But to walk the sidewalk that played such a part in history... read more

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Cedar Park, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Since Central High is still an active high school, most of the visitation is at the visitors center across the street. But to walk the sidewalk that played such a part in history while watching today's students reminded me of how we really are connected to our past and our future. Definitely a must go to place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's an eye opener to the life and times in the USA in 1957. We are still not equal. We must strive to achieve equality for all.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very informative piece of history in a High school that is still functioning. A must see. The nearby gas station is a great photo op

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Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was seventeen in 1957 and it was hard to believe this was really happening. I do Remember but seeing the actual school being there are two different things. This is now part of the federal park system and the school and museum are a tribute to the Little Rock nine.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I know the history of The Little Rock Nine and did not want to miss seeing it first hand. Did not go in,but paid tribute to those who made history there. Beautiful structure.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only 50 years ago yet so timely. Interesting biographies of the "Nine" who these brave students were and who they became. Don't miss the short movie.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

A must-see spot and a worthy reminder of how far we have come in a relatively short time. In the current racial landscape, everyone should visit here!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

Though we lived through the events of 1957, we were young and far removed from the South and the racial tensions then so real in the area. The museum does an excellent job of laying out a chronology of events and introducing you to the Little Rock 9. The tour conducted by Ranger Randy, though really added depth and substance... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I made this our one stop in Little Rock on our way through. It was a great decision. The school itself is worth a stop. But what the National Park Service adds at their Visitor Center makes the experience profound and moving. Clifford, who works for the NPS, adds a great deal to the experience. He was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

The exhibits were very interesting and detailed. The movie was very informative. You need to get a free timed ticket for the tour of the high school. It is an active high school so you cannot just wander around inside. The tours are timed to coincide w/ the school schedule so that visitors arrive when the students are in class,... More 

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