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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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Learned several things I did not know about this period in history

Central High School is still an operating high school in Little Rock. The National Historical site is catty corner to the school and ran by the National Park Service. There is a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
David R
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Central High School is still an operating high school in Little Rock. The National Historical site is catty corner to the school and ran by the National Park Service. There is a very well presented exhibit that will take you through the history of this time. It is a combination of pictures, readings, videos and sounds. I came away more... More 

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Farmington, New Mexico
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very inspiring museum. Most make reservations months in advance to go into High School but museum is well worth the trip. The Little Rock 7 and their families were true profiles in courage.

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Seattle
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visitor Center was constructed in 2007 and is quite well done. There is an intro video that emphasizes the role of young adults in current activism. Displays concentrate on the constitutional history of civil rights, recent civil rights activists and of course, the story of the Little Rock Nine. Particularly effective use of (audio) interviews and video/audio clips (heard through... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The history involved with this building, outweighs the building itself. The museum, across the road and down a little, is a must especially approaching this year's anniversary.

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Riverside, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This National site has an excellent museum quality building down the street from the High School....an introductory video is a must to really introduce you to the history that happened here. The exhibits, videos, visuals and listening stations really made that time in history come alive for me. Hard to believe 60 years ago out country was still so racially... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I could go every day and not be bored. Both of my parents attended school there and that along with it being a world wide historic school, right here in our own backyard is pretty incredible. Not only is the school so deeply immersed in such rich history, the school itself is absolutely gorgeous. It is hard for me to... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

LRC is a marvel in architecture! A building that has stood the test of time and it's place in history in both race relations and educational excellence!

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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Remarkable historical civil rights site. Everyone should know what happened here at little Rick central high school. Our guide Ranger Toni gave a great presentation of the site.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are places, like Dealey Plaza and the Lorraine Motel, where a photo representing an event is permanently etched into my brain. Little Rock Central High School is one of them. It was amazing seeing this beautiful, iconic building representing such a powerful event. I hadn't realized how large the building is and how expansive the grounds are. I've always... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many people don't take the time for this piece of history because they aren't aware of it or they want to forget it. This is in a small building across the street from Central High and is done very well. It gives a very good background as to who was involved, what happened and what I find interesting is how... More 

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