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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
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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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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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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 2 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

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 5 January 2017

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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