Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
A symbol of the struggle for civil rights in our country
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On September 4, 1957 there were nine black students marched into the demographically all white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, to test the Brown vs Board of Education of Topeka, Supreme Court Ruling which declared segregation unconstitutional. The tensions were heighten when Governor Orval Faubus sent in the National Guard to block their entrance. However, later that month President Dwight Eisenhower sent in federal troops to escort the students into the school.
The Little Rock Nine did get into the school, but there were many confrontations, legal processes, and unfortunate physical events, where some of the students were hurt. This event was important to the eventual desegregation that finally came to be accepted by other school districts throughout the United States in the the next couple of decades.
If you want to check out more information about hours to visit and history of this historic site, click here. For background on the Little Rock Nine, check this link out.
This 3.1 minute documentary film filmed by the Associated Press and narrated by Ernest Green, one of the nine, shows you the ordeal for those who had to endure the accompanied the need to intergrate the public schools.