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National Park Service Press Release
Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site - This week’s National Park Getaway
For Immediate Release:
December 18, 2013
Contact(s):   Brian Schwieger, 501-374-1957


Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site - This week’s National Park Getaway

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – An architectural wonder of Art Deco and Collegiate Gothic styles when it opened in 1927, “America’s Most Beautiful High School” stood larger and was more expensive than any high school ever constructed.

Opened in the era of Jim Crow laws and at a time when Supreme Court-mandated policy allowed educational facilities to be “separate but equal,” Little Rock Central High School admitted only white students during its first three decades. These students received greater educational opportunity than did their African-American counterparts throughout the city. Read more

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