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Little Rock Central High School and Historic Mall

Posted on March 7, 2022


Little Rock Central High School and Historic Mall
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Little Rock Central High School and Historic Mall

Little Rock, Arkansas 72202 

  • Online 
  • Year(s)/Era: 1957 
  • Type of Place: Building, Site, Structure  
  • Nomination: The building represents great strides made during the Civil Rights movement of the 50’s and 60’s. The Little Rock nine men and women bravely walked through an angry mob to integrate the school in a time when race relations were pushed to the brink of war. The monuments, statues, preserved sections of the City represent the bravery, fortitude and boldness of the young people who were residents of Little Rock during a volatile time for our nation. Little Rock has nearly 300 historic building, hotels, homes, mansions, districts, churches and neighborhoods on the National registry. This particular site represents the entire nation and how the race relations have come a long way and yet much further to go. 
  • Most notable attribute(s): Strength, bravery, evolution, education, the nation at large in a microcosm. 
  • Special designations or recognitions: Yes, just in front of the also historic Capitol Building, there is a mall of statues of each of the 9 students who integrated the Central High School in 1957. It is an extension of the school and the pride of Arkansas.
  • Three words to describe: Love, Pride, Courage 
  • Anything else to share? Yes, it should be noted that just a few years ago, Little Rock at large elected its FIRST African American Mayor-Frank Scott Jr. Little Rock native. Although Little Rock is a small, big City in a small state; big things have and are happening here. 

Local Government:

Little Rock Central High and the structures near the school were preserved and constructed to honor the Little Rock 9 who integrated the then all white school. 

Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 


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