Restricted Access to Central High School
All visitors should park and begin their visit at the National Park Service Visitor Center at 2120 West Daisy Gatson Bates Drive. Do NOT park in front of Central High School or at the Magnolia Gas Station. All school tours require advance reservations.
Plan Your Visit
Located across the intersection from the school, the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Visitor Center contains interactive exhibits on the 1957 desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High School with several audio-visual programs (open captioned) that introduce visitors to the multi-layered and complex history of the events at Little Rock Central High School in 1957. In addition, the exhibits contain interactive oral history listening stations where visitors can learn about the events from the participants.
Did You Know?
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