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Little Rock Central High School

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Address: 1500 Park Street, Little Rock, AR 72202-5843
Phone Number:
+1 501-374-1957
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09:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30
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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What a great museum! As someone who never experienced segregation and grew up with mixed races in the classroom, this museum was an eye-opener to the mindset of our country just a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Columbia, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

What a great museum! As someone who never experienced segregation and grew up with mixed races in the classroom, this museum was an eye-opener to the mindset of our country just a few decades ago. We have come a long way as a nation, but it is heartbreaking to see grown adults yelling and jeering at young children just because... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The school is amazing and the history behind is even more so - do not leave Little Rock without experiencing this National Park and its history.

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is actually the associated national park site diagonaly opposite this that provides context for the school that is the thing to spend time in. The video record from news reports, the interviews with the LR 9 as adults etc. make this very moving and still speaks to us on national issues.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After plugging the address in our GPS it was easy to find. The high school is impressive and we wanted to see where history was made.

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Lewis Center, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Little Rock Nine and other events of the Civil Rights movement are memories I cherish. The Visitor Center was very informative and nice. The gentleman at the desk was nice and pleasant. The school itself is amazing and the Education Center is the Mobile station. Very nice and worth the stop

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very well presented account of our not so pretty History. Truly enlightening for me a child of a small town in the North where "Jim Crow" was not in existence.I applaud their courage to force the issue and make the Country a better place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the museum across from the High School, which is run by the National Park Service. There is a intro movie and a museum display with pictures and descriptions to guide you through this historic episode in desegregation. Hard to imagine now how difficult it was then. Sorry we missed the actual tour of the High School, led by... More 

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Mena, Arkansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This exhibit brought back some ugly memories of the events that broke the back of school integration in Arkansas. Take some time and read the captions with pictures. The videos are well done and informative.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This historic site is worth a drive by or quick photo stop if you're in Little Rock. I wouldn't say that this is the best area of town, but still worth seeing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Don't leave Little Rock without visiting this historical landmark. We signed up and took the tour which I would strongly recommend. The tour guide provided such a knowledgable narrative and was very personable. The significance of this black history site is overwhelming.

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