• Front facade of Little Rock Central High School

    Little Rock Central High School

    National Historic Site Arkansas

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  • Restricted Access to Central High School

    All park visitors, including tour buses, must park in the Visitor Center parking lot at 2120 West Daisy Gatson Bates Drive. Street parking is reserved for Little Rock School District buses and parents. Visitors may enter the school only on guided tours.

  • Holiday Closings

    The National Historic Site Visitor Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 25 and January 1. The Visitor Center may close at 2:30 PM on the day before each of these federal holidays. The Visitor Center number is 501.374.1957.

Additional Resources

The following is a list of additional resources to teach the 1957 desegregation crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas:

Choices in Little Rock curriculum by Facing History and Ourselves

Warrior's Dont Cry study guide by Facing History and Ourselves & Voices of Love and Freedom

Teaching Tolerance

AETN

Teaching with Historic Places, From Canterbury to Little Rock: The Struggle for Educational Equality for African Americans.

Teaching with Historic Places, New Kent School and the George W. Watkins School: From Freedom of Choice to Integration.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Perma-Bound (several resources for using Warriors Don't Cry)

Interview of Melba Pattillo

Rethinking Schools

Scholastic

Relevant YouTube Videos:

Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later Clip

Interview of Ernest Green

Operation Arkansas and the 101st

Other Civil Rights topics:

Freedom Riders

Instructional Strategies:

Curating an exhibit

 

Did You Know?

Segregationist card distributed after Minnijean Brown's expulsion

Minnijean Brown, one of the nine African American students who desegregated Central High School in 1957, was expelled in February 1958 for retaliating against repeated harassment. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site