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Central High Museum and Visitor Center

Central High Museum and Visitor Center, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, celebrates a landmark in U.S. history: the integration of public schools. The museum explores the events that surrounded the Integration Crisis of 1957. In that year, one of the defining scenes of the civil rights movement played out in Little Rock, Arkansas, when nine African-American students attempted to attend Little Rock's Central High School under a 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, against racial segregation. When Arkansas governor Orbal Faubus called out the National Guard to prevent those students from attending the school, President Dwight D. Eisenhower intervened to prevent the state from interfering, and sent the U.S. Army's 101st Airborn Division to escort the nine students into their classrooms.