• 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.

Photos & Multimedia

Elizabeth Eckford waits on a bus bench with her head in her hand as segregationist protestors surround her, yelling at her, September 4, 1957.

Elizabeth Eckford waits on a bus bench as segregationist protestors surround her, September 4, 1957.

NPS

Oral History Interview Segments
Click here to view short video segments from the park's oral history collection

 
Inside the cafeteria at Little Rock Central High School.

Click here to view a photo tour of Little Rock Central High
School.



 
U.S. Army troops roll into Little Rock at night, under a billboard reading "Who Will Build Arkansas if her own people will not?" September 1957.

Photo by Larry Obsitnik.  University of Arkansas Libraries.

Click here to view a great new website from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville's Special Collections Department. The site includes photographs and other primary sources that document the civil rights struggle in Arkansas.
 

Did You Know?

Central High School under construction in 1927

When it was built in 1927, the American Institute of Architects named Central High School, "The Most Beautiful High School in America." Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site