Central High School National Historic Site was a fun educational stop while we were checking out the things to do in Little Rock. For those that don’t remember their history lessons from yesterday Central High was the site of the Little Rock Nine. The site where nine African American students broke the color barrier in Arkansas becoming the biggest example of desegregation of public schools after the Brown v Board of Education Supreme Court case. If you are in the Little Rock make sure you spend a little time at this historic site. We found the visitor center/museum to be tastefully well done. Not only do they cover the event of the Little Rock nine breaking the color barrier but they also did a great job explaining just how the concept of “separate but equal” was not very equal. Another thing that I found impressive was the amount of material that was on hand to read, watch, and listen to from the nine students themselves. As a high school US history teacher not only did I get to walk in the footsteps of history I also walked away with a deeper richer understanding of the events that took place at Central High.
Central High School National Historic Site was one of the best things that we saw during our tour of the Natural State. It is a free attraction which is always nice, but the historical change that took place there makes it a must see. The visitor center is not very big but it does pack a lot of information in its small space. The historic site also offers tours of Little Rock Central High School which is still functioning as a high school. We bypassed on the tour of the school not knowing how our two little girls would react.
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Central High School National Historic Site
Located at 2120 W Daisy L Gatson Bates Dr, Little Rock, Arkansas
Hours of Operation 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day
Cost as of this Posting: Free
For more information visit their website at http://www.nps.gov/chsc/index.htm
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