Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, 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 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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  • The docent/tour guide was very knowledgeable and had a powerful message. The onsite museum brought a historic truth of how the racial divide was severe and very unfair.  more »
  • I would highly recommend the free guided tour of this Historic Site. They are at 1 p.m., check the NPS website for dates. They recommend reserving spots in advance. We went on a Monday. I called that....  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.

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