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April 6, 2006
From journal Spring Break in Arkansas
North Little Rock, Arkansas
August 30, 2003
After the integration of the "Little Rock Nine" in 1957, it may not be well known that Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus signed a bill into law that allowed him to close all of Little Rock’s schools the next year to prevent further desegregation efforts, so schools were closed for the 1958-59 school year. They opened again in the fall of 1959 under the existing desegregation plan.
The Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site is run by the National Park Service and located in a renovated Mobil gas station just across the street from Central High. Mobil spent $100,000 renovating this station for the site and it looks much as it did in 1957. The site opened in 1997. Then in 1998, President Bill Clinton signed a bill that designates the school and nearby properties as a National Historic Site. The school is still very much in use today - there were over 1,000 high school students there the day I went.
From journal Little Rock Central High School Historic Site