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Little Rock Central High School

1500 Park Street, Little Rock, AR 72202-5843
+1 501-374-1957
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Amazing Living History!

Although the events that lead to Little Rock Central High School becoming a location in our... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Johnsburg, Illinois
via mobile
National Park site never a disappointment

This important event in history is very well displayed in the NP exhibit - do not miss the oral... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jackson, Mississippi
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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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1500 Park Street, Little Rock, AR 72202-5843
+1 501-374-1957
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Although the events that lead to Little Rock Central High School becoming a location in our National Park system were deplorable, visiting Central High School is an amazing Living History location. This high school is still open and functions each day as Little Rocks largest...More

Thank reagan76
Reviewed 3 days ago

This important event in history is very well displayed in the NP exhibit - do not miss the oral histories! Did not take the guided tour but walked around the school grounds after school let out - beautiful building. Don't miss the memorial across the...More

Thank Coonie_72
Reviewed 6 days ago

On our Southwest flight to Little Rock there was an article in their flight magazine about Sybl Jordan a girl who followed the Little Rock Nine as an additional attendee to integrate the high school. Our interest was really peeked our interest upon arriving here...More

Thank sonomamcb
Reviewed 1 week ago

Actually walking the halls, seeing high school students of today and hearing that this school is still offering a quality education, I'm reminded of how one local action 60 years ago fueled awareness and change across the nation. The National Parks Service Visitor Center introduction...More

Thank Janet L
Reviewed 1 week ago

A guided tour of this High School was heart-warming and emotional and our guide was very knowledgable.

Thank Stuart D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a fantastic park ranger that took us through the year the Little Rock 9 volunteered to go to Little Rock Central High School during integration. Amazing but not pretty piece of American history. The school is still in use today 90 years later!...More

Thank Greg D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I only drove by and took pictures but the building was much bigger than I realized. Kind of bone chilling thinking about the historical significance.

Thank Mary H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Read all of the exhibits at the park museum across the street and then get the background details from the ranger at the desk and ask him to explain how the final "nine" students really started with about 200 students who were methodically reduced by...More

Thank vic b
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took some students here. It is amazing just from an architectural standpoint. The history behind it seems to be sensed just being there. Would recommend it to all who are interested in history.More

Thank Gale L
Ranger M, Ranger at Little Rock Central High School, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting and bring your students. Educational groups from around the U.S. and from many foreign countries visit the National Historic Site each year. Admission and programs are free. We do ask that groups of 10 or more please reserve their exhibit times...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wouldn't have even thought to visit this place myself, but my friend insisted we go and I am SO glad she did! There's so much history to learn (easily, in a small amount of time). Meet the park ranger and do a quick tour...More

Thank KKJBB3
Ranger M, Ranger at Little Rock Central High School, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so glad your friend suggested you visit and appreciate you taking time to share your experience. We will be commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine desegregating Central High this year, with several events happening September 22-25, 2017. Sept. 23 is...More

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Sharon B
22 April 2015|
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Response from mjodim | Property representative |
Call the Nationsl Park Service Visitor Center at 501-374-1957, between 9am and 4:30 Cental Time, to reserve your space on a walking tour as soon as you have your travel date set. There is no minimum number of people for a... More