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“very educational”

Little Rock Central High School
Ranked #1 of 93 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.
Reviewed March 5, 2014

really educational, a quick visit but worth the time. went with two young kids and the entire family enjoyed the stop

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Reviewed March 1, 2014

This should be a must on a trip to Little Rock.

Firstly the school building is amazing! It still has a really good academic record according to the Museum Rangers and has a total mix of all races.

The exhibit is both fascinating and awful in that this isn't 100+ years ago, it's in the 1950s. I agree with Canda_98, I wondered about the youngsters who were part of the demonstrations and bullying against these young black students. My only criticism would be that there is little about any support from whites for these young black students, surely there must have been, it can't have been 100% against. At least I certainly hope not. We picked up some children's books for our grandchildren to help them know and try to understand when they are older.

Thank toniShanghai
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

The Little Rock Nine and Central High School are Americana past that need be remembered and taught to all generation today and forward. How quickly we take for granted the brave and bold actions taken by those who risked safe-guard and life to break through the segregation barriers of a divided county. Our visit was brief, and we did not have time to visit the Museum. Just to stand in front of the site where nine students broke down walls to exercise their right to education was a bit surreal and inspiring. We will be back sometime to see the whole Museum and exhibit...

Thank beastie3
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

Going to Central High was quite the experience. For an American history buff, to be able to walk on the same streets as the Little Rock Nine was truly humbling. The small museum and gift shop next door was also really well done.

Thank James D
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

The media from 1957 really brings this museum to life. Kudos to those brave nine students! Too bad it took over 1,000 soldiers to keep them safe!

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