Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Little Rock

Historic Site · History Museum
Learn about one of the most trying times in the nation's history at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, 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. Plan your visit to Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Little Rock online road trip planner.
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  • Wonderful history. Opportunity to visit school and tour. The Center is filled with amazing photos and you feel you can relive that awful time in our history.  more »
  • Also a National Park, we had a few hours to get another stamp in our book and went here to learn all about the Little Rock Nine. The visitor center was open but only allowing a few to visit the...  more »
  • Definitely make this a stop on your trip but hope the visitors center is open. The courage these 9 students showed was inspiring. After this, visit the Capitol to find the "Testament" statues and...  more »
  • Anything that has to do with our American History, is to me, priceless. I loved being able to walk up, and into Little Rock High School, following those same steps as those brave and determined students did all those years ago. I loved too, that we were able to walk through the hallways, beside the students who were in attendance that day and take a fairly indepth tour of the school, while not distracting students in their actual classrooms. The school was much larger than I expected it to be, especially when taking into account their huge athletic field behind the school, which I had never seen in pictures before. It was an extremely worthwhile, and fulfilling, visit that I would recommend to anyone interested in History, especially Black History.
  • Wow. I wish we would have spent more time at this visitors center! What a great place to better understand this time in history and the challenges we still face today. The lead ranger, (Keith?) was so incredibly friendly and well informed. He spent lots of time with my wife and I discussing not only the events remembered at LRCHS, but also how this has changed the community in recent years. He represented the park service well. Thank you for your service and passion for this historical place.
  • What a amazing historic site. This is a great place to visit where you can learn about the past and what happened here. While learning how to treat others and why the legacy of the 9 is so important. A lesson we all need to learn. I think it it is one of the most important spots to visit in our country. My wife and I had a great time visiting and will bring back our five year old when he is a little older to learn more about the truth.
  • This museum highlights great work in the continuous struggle for freedom and equality in our shared American Experiment. The exhibits can we enjoyed from anywhere to 30 minutes to up to 2 hours. Also there are several book titles available in the gift shop as well as National Park passports, stamps, t-shirts, postcards, etc. The staff are very friendly and helpful. They're also clean restrooms which are easily accessible by the physically disabled. Just across corner to the visitor center is Central High School which is still a functioning for year senior high school. If you wish to go on a tour it is an necessary to call ahead and or go online to sign up for the tours which are only available twice a day. Across the street you can see the fully restored filling station which offered the public telephone which the media used at the time. I'm so grateful to the National Park Service for this facility which offers education and reflection on difficult and painful journey our fellow Americans have beared and the good we have all benefited from despite powerful forces that desire to keep us mired in hatred, divided and suffering.
  • The park does an amazing job of telling the story of not only the events in Little Rock but also the whole Civil Rights movement and other movements to help marginalized groups. Did a tour of the outside of the school (it was closed the day we were there since it's an active high school still) with a ranger. The tour went into detail the events of that year in Little Rock and did an amazing job bringing history to life by pointing out (roughly) the spots where famous pictures were taken that day. They also managed to tell the story in a way to help my 2nd grader begin to understand some of the past in a way that wasn't too far above her level.

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