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 only enter Central on guided tours.
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.
Distance Learning Opportunities
Would you like to talk to a park ranger before you visit the site? Do you live out of town or out of state? Are you unable to visit the site? Then call (501.374.1957) or email a park ranger to arrange for a distance learning program for your school.
Follow this link to access the Ball State University Electronic Field Trip (EFT) about the Little Rock Nine. The EFT has a complete curriculum website for teachers with lesson plans and other educational content for students. Registration is required. Click here for more information.
Learn more about another community that closed its schools to prevent integration.
Click here to view documents and resources about school desegregation in Norfolk, VA from Old Dominion University.
Did You Know?
Vice Principal Elizabeth Huckaby's memoir of the 1957 desegregation crisis was made into a television movie starring Joanne Woodward, titled Crisis at Central High. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site