• 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.

Traveling Trunks

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site offers a 1950s Traveling Trunk loan program for teachers in Arkansas.

The trunk contains reproduction artifacts from 1950s America and items about the 1957 desegregation crisis as well as books and dvds pertaining to school desegreagtion and the American Civil Rights Movement.

Classroom sets (up to 25 copies) of Warriors Don't Cry by Little Rock Nine member Melba Pattillo Beals and/or Mapping the Road to Change by the Little Rock Central High School Memory Project are also available to be checked out.

For more information on reserving a trunk or books set, please contact a park ranger at (501) 396-3010 or email us.

Did You Know?

Ernest Green's diploma from Central High School

In 1958 Senior Ernest Green became the first African American graduate of Central High School. Martin Luther King, Jr. attended the ceremony as a guest of the Green family. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site