As the world watched September 25, 1957, nine brave African American students broke through civil rights barriers by integrating the formerly all-white Little Rock Central High School.
They were escorted in by members of the 101st Airborne, and they remained inside. That day in American history was a result of years of turmoil and legal battles waged for equal rights. The Little Rock Nine lived through a lot during their 1957-58 school year. In fact, the school closed its doors in 1958-59 to keep it segregated. Today, that is known as “The Lost Year.”
In 1998, President Clinton signed legislation designating the school and visitor center across the street as a National Historic Site. Today, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site is the nation’s only functioning high school within the National Park Service.
This September 22-25, join us as members of the Little Rock Nine return for a series of community events that look back at what led up to the integration and the impact of those events over the past six decades.