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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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A must for Every Single person in this country

Wow, it was great for two reasons. 1. The obvious, I knew about the Little Rock 9, but this made... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Larry F
Altoona, Florida, United States
A Learning Experience

My wife & I were both teachers & I taught American History. I always made this pivotal event a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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 yesterday

Wow, it was great for two reasons. 1. The obvious, I knew about the Little Rock 9, but this made them real, I had to google them all up afterwards to find out more. Each one is a hero, they went into a war zone...More

Thank Larry F
Reviewed 2 days ago

My wife & I were both teachers & I taught American History. I always made this pivotal event a point of special emphasis with my students. However, after an extended visit to the visitor's center, & a ranger-led tour, we learned so much more than...More

Thank Rix717
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a free National Park that is a piece of history. It not only touches racism in 1957 in Little Rock, AR, but also makes the visitor aware of other marginal people. Central High School is just down the street & is a functioning...More

Thank ubuibme
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took the Morning tour with Ranger Deion. He did an exceptional job sharing the stories of the impacted students and community. There is a video at the Visitor's Center that is very good. This park joined the National sites in the 1990's. Much awareness of...More

Thank HunBabe
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a free museum. It not only chronicles the desegregation of Central High School, but also documents the plight of many minority groups throughout US history. The high school is actually still a used school, so you must schedule a tour of it in...More

Thank Kimberly Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

Book ahead so you get the tour of the high school. Fabian Ruiz, our guide, was terrific. His presentation was energetic, and offered lots of detail. We learned a lot. The museum looks small, but there's much to see. Do this in Little Rock.

Thank kdmc
Reviewed 1 week ago

The National Park Service has done an outstanding job in presenting this historical moment which occurred during the civil rights movement. The Little Rock Nine and their experience at Central High School was something everyone should learn and be aware so as not to repeat....More

Thank ZeelandScoutMom
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are any kind of history person then you need to visit this school and visitors center. It is Arkansas and American history at it finest but at the darkest hour for our state.

Thank Jeffery W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I knew a little about the Little Rock 9, but this gave us a whole new perspective. A must stop if you want to learn more about the struggle that people experienced during the civil rights era. This was a very educational...More

Thank peter3jr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Little Rock Nine desegregstef Little Rock's Central High School in the face of angry mobs and belligerent classmates. The National Park Service has done a great job preserving the memory of what happened. Be sure to take one of the ranger tours,

Thank Helen H
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Sharon B
What do I have to do to take a tour of the site?
22 April 2015|
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