Free Friday: Little Rock Central High Visitor Center

Kerry Kraus


It’s hot. One way to beat the heat is to just not get out in it but that means hanging around the house. You can have the best of both worlds – get out and having fun while staying cool. Go somewhere air-conditioned.

The Little Rock Central High School Visitor Center is such a place. The museum recounts the actions that took place on September 23, 1957 at the school. The historic events were groundbreaking and changed the course of human rights. With 3,000-square-feet of permanent exhibits, there is plenty to experience.

A varied and entertaining schedule of interpretive programs accentuate the museum’s offerings. One such event takes place tomorrow, July 18: Fabulous Fifties Fun Family Day. It takes place across the street from the new museum in the restored Mobil Service Station, the former visitor center that is now used for special programs. The station was a gathering place for the media on that September day in 1957.

Fabulous Fifties Fun: Family Day at the Historic Mobil Gas Station is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities scheduled include 50s games such hula hoops, jacks, slinky, yo-yo and jump rope. To keep things cool, Coleman Dairy is providing ice cream. The event is free and no reservations are necessary. Visitors under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

The National Park Visitor Center is located across from the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site at 2120 Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive. Call 501-374-1957 for more information.



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