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Little Rock Central High School

1500 Park Street, Little Rock, AR 72202-5843
+1 501-374-1957
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Do the guided tour

We visited the National Historic SIte on May 18th. There is parking in front of the Visitor Center... read more

Reviewed May 18, 2017
Jabbeke, Belgium

Very informative and thought provoking. Inspires you to think about what you as an individual can... read more

Reviewed May 16, 2017
Jimmy P
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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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1500 Park Street, Little Rock, AR 72202-5843
+1 501-374-1957
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Reviewed May 18, 2017

We visited the National Historic SIte on May 18th. There is parking in front of the Visitor Center. There is a film and an exhibition about segeration. They do guided tours at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. You have to call to make a reservation....More

1  Thank AmarilisVos
Reviewed May 16, 2017 via mobile

Very informative and thought provoking. Inspires you to think about what you as an individual can do.

Thank Jimmy P
Reviewed May 10, 2017

Great historical exibit. Everyone needs to see this and learn about an important society changing event. Must see the video presentation for an overview.

1  Thank Dave J
Reviewed May 6, 2017 via mobile

The tragic events that have made this high school so well known were part of my high school era. Having the experience of walking through the halls and seeing and hearing the accomplishments of today's Central High School student gave me a very positive feeling...More

Thank Sue M
Reviewed May 5, 2017

If you have the opportunity, the ranger led tour is incredible. The visitor center is really well done and worth a quick stop on its own. But to hear about the events of the Little Rock 9 while standing in front of the school or...More

Thank Keeniekins
Reviewed May 4, 2017

Unfortunately we could not go inside because we missed the tour. They have 2, 9AM and 1PM. We visited the visitor center and it was interesting.

Thank Starviagera
Reviewed May 3, 2017 via mobile

This is a must see historical site. I knew the basics of the Little Rock 9, but had no idea how it actually played out. The tour is about one hour and is given by a park ranger. I learned a lot about this part...More

Thank Txgirl79
Reviewed May 3, 2017

The visitor center near the high school was small but very informative. It told the background of school desegregation in the South and the Little Rock crisis that caused the intervention of Eisenhower and the military. It was also nice in that it told the...More

Thank Jon K
Reviewed May 2, 2017 via mobile

The Visitor Center is fantastic. It's a must-see on the history of this country. If you arrive at the right time of day you can even get a tour of the high school. Keep in mind students are in their high school so the tours...More

Thank Jimdandy322
Reviewed May 1, 2017

Very interesting...the school hasn't changed since the 1950s. The area around the school is run down unfortunately.

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Sharon B
What do I have to do to take a tour of the site?
April 21, 2015|
Response from mjodim | Property representative |
Call the Nationsl Park Service Visitor Center at 501-374-1957, between 9am and 4:30 Cental Time, to reserve your space on a walking tour as soon as you have your travel date set. There is no minimum number of people for a... More