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Little Rock Central High School

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Address: 1500 Park Street, Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone Number:
+1 501-374-1957
Today
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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Very cool building

I really like this architecture. Great opportunity for photos here. It is really a striking building.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Sallisaw, Oklahoma
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Tyler, Texas, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I brought my kids here thinking it was just a national historic Landmark. We got to the school right at 3:30 when the kids were loading the bus! I wish we would have known so that we could come at a different time and walk around the campus.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I really like this architecture. Great opportunity for photos here. It is really a striking building.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A historical site that cannot be missed when coming to Little Rock. Be sure to spend some time listening to the stories of the Little Rock Nine.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was touched standing in the yard of the school imagining the violence that occurred here. The brave students that pushed for their right to attend school, during the age of segregation and despite the backlash fought the system of inequality. It was so humbling to be standing in the same place as these young BRAVE black students and my... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum was very informative but I would have rather walked the grounds also. There was a security Guard so I thought perhaps you can't.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just drove by. Must be one of the most beautiful older high school structures in America. Television and cameras have never done it justice.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

History come to life. The visitor centre is very well done, you can go here first and learn all about the schools history and then walk across the road and take some photos

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great lesson for my family and I to remember the historical significance of racism and segregation in our country. This visit made me thankful for the judge who made the right decision to stand in opposition and do the right thing. A select few can make a HUGE difference in this country. Bravo! I would budget about... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

An opportunity to delve into the history behind the 1957 immigration "crisis" in Little Rock. An excellent museam catercorner to Central High itself has displays and lots of video that cover the entire event. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

If you have never heard about the Little Rock 9... a real tear jerker. A group of 9 African American student enrolled in Little Rock High School in 1957, which was followed by the Little Rock crisis. The 9 students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school by Orval Faubus, the Governor of Arkansas. The students The original... More 

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