• 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.

Womens Emergency Committee and the Lost Year

Flyer for the Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools.

Flyer produced by the WEC.

In the fall of 1958, the Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools worked to reopen the city's high schools under the district's desegregation plan. Click here for more information about this organization and the Lost Year.
Newspaper advertisement from the Women's Emergency Committee urging voters to recall segregationist school board members, 1959.

Women's Emergency Committee Roster
For 40 years the membership of the WEC remained secret. In 1998, former members compiled a list from individual membership cards and released it to the public as a tribute to all the women who joined. Click here to see a list of the members.

Please email us with updates to the list. Note that many of the women are listed by their married names, because that is how they listed themselves on the membership cards.

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