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“Interesting piece of history”

Little Rock Central High School
Ranked #1 of 93 things to do in Little Rock
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Berlin, Germany
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Interesting piece of history”
Reviewed December 4, 2011

Stop by and pause for some reflection. The school is very impressive, and a good place to stop en route to downtown.

Visited November 2011
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Cerritos, CA
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A must see for everyone”
Reviewed December 3, 2011

Small but fascinating museum. It has a time line of events in the desegregation process but also audio and video clips describing and showing events. What I like best were the audio/video clips "in their own words" -- by the students, families, others involved. This was very powerful and will leave you very moved. Hearing about the experience from the students -- both black and white -- is something I will not forget. If I am in or near Little Rock again I will go back.

Visited November 2011
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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328 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“One of Highlights of our trip”
Reviewed November 19, 2011

Just a great presentation of a most important era of American social history.

Visited November 2011
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Farmingville, New York
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great Experience- Must See”
Reviewed November 18, 2011

very emotional experience. Tour guide was fantastic. free (at least when I went. Must see especially if you are a history buff.

Visited September 2011
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NJ
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“Go to this museum, bring your family”
Reviewed November 15, 2011

The NPS staff were friendly and helpful. It was a humbling experience and a great reminder of our not-so-distant history. The school itself was gorgeous, an architectural gem.

Visited October 2011
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