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Little Rock Central High School

Little Rock, Arkansas
County of Pulaski.
14th and Park Streets
National Register Number: 77000268
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Educational facility - related. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: AR-2 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Little Rock Central High School; See www.nps.gov/liro National Historic Site.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 20, 1982):
On September 24, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower federalized the Arkansas Natioanal Guard and ordered the Secretary of Defense to use these and other troops to effect the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School. The following morning, elements of the 101st Airborne Division surrounded the school and escorted a group of nine neatly dressed Black teenagers through an angry, jeering crowd to begin the fall term. This was the first major confrontation over implementation of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954).

Currently, there is no threat to the NHL.

There are no changes since the last report.

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