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Little Rock Central High School, Little Rock

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History Museum Historic Site
Learn about one of the most trying times in the nation's history at Little Rock Central High School, the scene of many tense moments in the battle to desegregate America's public education. In 1957, the first black students enrolled at the school, but were blocked on orders of the governor and later escorted to class under the protection of U.S. Army troops. Join a guided tour, led by a park ranger, and see the sites and settings of those pivotal moments as you wander the school and delve deeper into its history and context. Be sure to make a tour reservation ahead of time, as that's the only way to access the site and space is limited. For Little Rock Central High School and beyond, use our Little Rock itinerary maker to get the most from your Little Rock vacation.
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  • 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.  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 h...  more »
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  • Aside from the historical significance of this place in the Civil Rights movement; the part of this historical site that caught my attention was this historic Mobil Service Station. The station was a gathering place for the media people where they could use the public pay phone to call their stories into their media outlets. However, as a former Marketing Representative of Mobil I was amazed at the attention to detail the renovators put into this magnificent station. It brought back many fond memories of this era in my life.
  • Great opportunity to learn about an historical event and tour the grounds and school. The facilities and grounds are very well kept and the park ranger guide's presentation was informative. The story could probably have been told in less repetitive way and more information could have been included (maybe it's the ranger's attempt to dramatize the story), but the ranger was more than happy to answer questions.
  • Amazing to walk the halls of this historical location. Moving and still relevant. Park Ranger guide was impeccable.
  • This place is historically tie to little rock history. It's definitely a place to visit if you want to enjoy a piece of a historic movement .
  • I definitely think this place is a must stop if you are in Little Rock. It is a big part of US History, big things happened here. I think it's very cool that the outside of the school as well as the rest was so well maintained and that there is a museum here. The structure of the school itself is massive when you actually walk up to it. You don't realize how many steps there are until you are looking up the stairs. It was a good experience to come by here.

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