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Little Rock Central High School
Ranked #1 of 91 things to do in Little Rock
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Very informative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

This small museum takes you through the story of the Little Rock Nine at Central High. It does it very nicely and tells the story not only of that time but what has happened since then in terms of civil rights and desegregation in schools. The story is very touching and really brings home the struggles of that period. Very well done and worth 30 minutes of your time.

Visited June 2013
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Pasadena, California
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“The Struggle for Civil Rights Comes to Life”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

After viewing the museum we were taken on a tour of Central High where the young lady told us about much that went on inside the school, away from the protection of the soldiers.

Visited June 2013
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Boca Raton, Florida
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“Exterior Drive-By”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

This is an active high school, so we just drove by and saw the exterior and did not stop in the small visitor center.

Visited May 2013
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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“History at it's finest.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

I've lived in Arkansas ALL of my life and this was the first time that I've gotten to visit this beautiful site. The history museum is FREE so it's a must. You can see first hand how the LR9 were treated back in the day. You hear stories from them on going to school ( getting urine, feces, spit ) all thrown on them just because of the color of their skin. If this doesn't make you realize how much we've changed and grown as a society than I don't know what will. It's a must see. Also, if you have time walk up the stairs and know that the LR9 once too walked those very steps. It's a must see if you're in the area.

Visited June 2013
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Appleby-in-Westmorland, United Kingdom
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“Very informative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

An excellent small museum; a story well told and very worth visiting. It gave context to my memories of black and white newsreel in the late fifties.

Visited May 2013
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