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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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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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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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Sad time in history

The national park system has an excellent Musuem across the street that informs us about a very sad time in our history. The information and displays are very informative and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The national park system has an excellent Musuem across the street that informs us about a very sad time in our history. The information and displays are very informative and well done. We would definitely recommend going to this Musuem.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Quite candidly, I had forgot about the 9 students that really started the national dialogue and desegregation movement. The visitors center has a nice history of the history of equality as well as the events at this high school in 1957. What surprised me is the school is still in operation today. We took the one hour tour which was... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

this was a very interesting part of USA. The historical significance of this school to desegration was very interesting and well presented. Try getting to the school during the week as there are no tours on weekends.

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Monroe, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed this attraction. My wife and I mainly hung out at the visitor's center. We saw a film apparently made many years ago which relives events in the lives of the black students who integrated the high school. I was told there are plans to upgrade the movie; however, I like it just the way it is. It... More 

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Robinson, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had an excellent guide. The tour started at the museum and went across the street to the school itself. You can only tour part of the school but the information provided by the guide and by the museum is excellent. We had a lady in our group that I chatted with as we did the tour who had went... More 

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Blue Springs, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful building, unfortunately we got there as school was letting out, so left and came back after 5pm. Only did a drive by and took a photo, so much history took place at this High School.

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

Visited both the school, which is architecturally interesting, and the national museum, which provides a great perspective on the events. A must see if one wants to know the events that surrounded this sad period in American history. Very well done!!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My visit was extra special, due to the women in my group who had graduated from Central. Even without them, though, the tour was excellent. There is nothing like actually walking those halls to get a sense of this important site.

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Charleston, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well done. We had hoped for the HS tour but didn't realize we n=ded to pre book the twice a day tour. Visitor center well done. I would have liked a little more on what was happening elsewhere in other states.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived early to take the morning tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the events and the high school. Beautiful building to see. Well done museum at the visitors center. This is a story that every American should know. How 9 teenagers could be this brave, this heroic - to make a stand that truly changed our country... More 

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