• 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.

For Teachers

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site is committed to preserving and interpreting the story of the 1957 desegregation crisis at historic Central High School and its legacy.

We offer lesson plans, distance learning opportunities, loan boxes and professional development. Click on the additonal menu items at left for more details. The 2014 Civil Rights Teachers' Institute will be held July 20-25, 2014. Applications will be available after March 1, 2014 and will be accepted until the Institute is full. Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2014.

Please contact Park Ranger Jodi Morris at (501) 396-3010 or email e-mail us if you have additional questions, need an application or would like to make a field trip reservation.

 
Teachers prepare to fly a kite they made as part of a hands on history lab.
Teachers attending a professional development workshop, "Bring History Alive with Hands-On History Labs," prepare to fly a kite they made.

Did You Know?

Telegram sent by Eisenhower to Governor Orval Faubus in 1957

In 1957 President Eisenhower sent soldiers into Arkansas to enforce the federal court's order to desegregate Central High - becoming the first president since Reconstruction to use federal troops to support African American civil rights. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site