Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Little Rock

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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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  • Very interesting and informative. A little emotional too. I left with the feeling that not much has changed. I'm white and I had the chance to speak about race with the Black National Parks Office... 
    Very interesting and informative. A little emotional too. I left with the feeling that not much has changed. I'm white and I had the chance to speak about race with the Black National Parks Office...  more »
  • Was only able to see school’s exterior, which was beautiful. Nice architectural details in front on school. 
    Was only able to see school’s exterior, which was beautiful. Nice architectural details in front on school.  more »
  • A must see stop in understanding civil rights issues in education. Randy was a guide who has a vast understanding and wonderful teaching style. Definitely worth the time. 
    A must see stop in understanding civil rights issues in education. Randy was a guide who has a vast understanding and wonderful teaching style. Definitely worth the time.  more »
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  • We decided to stop here on our drive home from Arkansas to Florida. We’re an interracial marriage and it’s important for our kids to understand the history of both races and the struggles of bringing equality and civil rights to people of color in the U.S.A. It’s hard for them to understand that one point in time it was illegal for their parents to be married. The museum was awesome and the rangers were considerate and helpful. Our kids loved the museum and continued to talk about it hours after we left. We spent about two hours here simply soaking in all of the information. There is so much social (in)justice history in this building. We will definitely return and attempt to book a tour of the high school.
  • One of the best and most engaged park rangers we've come across. This is a definite must-see. Park at the visitor center and tour the exhibit first and talk with the ranger. I would also recommend the junior ranger activity for all ages (yes, even adults). Then walk over to the gas station and the school and try and put yourself in the students' places. We've come a long way, but this is a turning point that we all need to remember. Highly recommend a visit.
  • Emotional visit to this historic place. To be in the same location and walk the same steps as these courageous people. You need to be there in order to experience the gravity of the situation. The visitor center had so much information and was nicely laid out. I highly recommend visiting. Took us about an hour and a half.
  • Good school in bad hood
  • The visitor's center is directly across from the school. They have done such a great job organizing facts, pictures, news footage and pictures! Also, the people working there are very knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions. You can walk out of the center and see the High School which is still in use. Very impactful.

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