Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

In the fall of 1957, a national spotlight shone on Little Rock Central High School as nine African American students became the first to attend the newly desegregated school. Initially blocked by the Arkansas National Guard, the students were finally able to enter under the protection of the Little Rock police and, eventually, by 20 men from the 101st Airborne Infantry Division. When you visit the historic site, you can stand on the same streets where a thousands-strong mob terrorized the Little Rock Nine. Elsewhere in Little Rock, a series of historic sites honors the contributions of these brave students and the long struggle for Civil Rights.

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Things To Do Near Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Give yourself ample time to explore the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site; absorbing the weight of what happened there can be a heavy experience. While the school itself isn't open to the public, you'll have plenty of opportunities to see key sites. The park is located in downtown Little Rock, but you'll find a few hiking trails and plenty of shopping and dining choices.

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How To Get To Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site is located in the center of Arkansas, near two major interstates: I-40 and I-30. US-67 also runs directly into town. From Memphis or Oklahoma City, take I-40 to Little Rock. If you're driving from Texas, take I-30. Once you reach Little Rock, the site is located just south of I-630 south of the Arkansas River.

Address

2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive, Little Rock, AR 72202-5212

Fee: Entry fee $0

If you're interested in American history or the civil rights movement, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site is an illuminating and sobering spot. With its historic sites and fascinating story, this park is a great place to reflect on how far the country has come and how far it has to go. RV camping in one of the Little Rock campgrounds gives you plenty of time to absorb the experience and explore the Arkansas countryside.