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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 great educational opportunity

My family and I enjoyed visiting this site. I have read countless books to my children about the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lmjbdj
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Important site; but limitations on visiting

Without a doubt, this site is historically important. However, the site is still a functioning... read more

Reviewed yesterday
wewhynot
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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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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1500 Park Street, Little Rock, AR 72202-5843
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My family and I enjoyed visiting this site. I have read countless books to my children about the Civil Rights Movement, but this made it real for them.

Thank Lmjbdj
Reviewed yesterday

Without a doubt, this site is historically important. However, the site is still a functioning school and thus limitations are placed on visiting the site. One can only visit the inside of the school during operating hours and only on guided tours. Also, according to...More

Thank wewhynot
Reviewed yesterday

Realizing the wrongs we committed in the name of segregation was humbling, humiliating, horrifying. We must learn and bear witness to the atrocities to ensure that they do not continue.

1  Thank Annette S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wish we had gotten here earlier, the visitors center was already closed. We drove around and got to see a piece of history.

Thank Scott A
Reviewed 2 days ago

When doing some research for our Arkansas trip I was compelled to visit the Little Rock Central High School. I arrived into Arkansas too late to stop in the visitors center for a tour this time around, but I did make may way through the...More

Thank Angelle225
Reviewed 4 days ago

This site was very interesting to see and to understand how it became an important part of the civil rights history. I rated it average because they showed a movie that took advantage of the civil rights movement to make it about climate change and...More

2  Thank john592017
Ranger M, Interpretive Park Ranger at Little Rock Central High School, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for visiting the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and taking the time to share your experience. The "Step Up and Change the Future" film focuses on how the student activism of the Little Rock Nine in 1957 inspires student activism...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I normally love visiting National Park Service and historical sights, and I had high expectations for this one as well. I compare it to the Brown v. Board of Ed sight in Kansas, which was of such amazing quality and offered so many insights that...More

1  Thank Elizabeth M
Ranger M, Interpretive Park Ranger at Little Rock Central High School, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your visit and for sharing your experience. Your comments are greatly appreciated and help guide planning for better serving visitors. We apologize that the staff was unable to give you their undivided attention. During peak season, it can be challenging to meet...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

You can't actually go into the high school because it is still used. However, there is a small museum across the street. The exhibits were small but informative. You can take picture from the front of the school.

1  Thank Elizabeth P
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Little Rock Central High School Historic Site run by the National Park Service takes you back to the days of southern school segregation and takes you through the agony of the heroic nine African-American students who had the courage to break down the racial barriers...More

1  Thank Randall M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love history. We went to the museum that is across the street and the walked around the schools front lawn. The school is set in a not so great area so just don't go at night. During the day, I never once felt uneasy....More

1  Thank Allyson117
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Sharon B
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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
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