After visiting the Clinton Presidential Library we checked out a few other sites in Little Rock. There were several thing we wanted to see & do but couldn't get them all accomplished in one day. We always try to visit the State Capitals and so off to the Little Rock State Capital Building we went. Here is a picture of Capital building which shows you how grand and impressive this building was. We usually like to take the tour inside but arrived there to late to do it.
We also visited Little Rock Central High School National Historic Landmark. Built in 1927 , it was the focal point of the Little Rock Integration Crisis of 1957. Nine African-American students, known as the Little Rock Nine, were denied entrance to the school in defiance of the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling ordering integration of public schools. This provoked a showdown between the Governor Orval Faubus and President Dwight D. Eisenhower that gained international attention. On the morning of September 23, 1957, the nine African-American high school students faced an angry mob of over 1,000 Americans protesting integration in front of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. As the students were escorted inside by the Little Rock police, violence escalated and they were removed from the school. The next day, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the 1,200-man 327th Airborne Battle Group of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to escort the nine students into the school. By the same order, the entire 10,000 man Arkansas National Guard was sent, to remove them from the control of Governor Faubus. At nearby Camp Robinson, a hastily organized Task Force 153rd Infantry drew guardsmen from units all over the state. Most of the Arkansas Guard was quickly demobilized, but the Task Force 153 Infantry assumed control at Thanksgiving when the 327th withdrew, and patrolled inside and outside the school for the remainder of the school year. As Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the nine students, remembered, and quoted in her book, "After three full days inside Central High School, I know that integration is a much bigger word than I thought." Little Rock Central HS was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 19, 1977, and was designated a National Historic Landmark on May 20, 1982. The school itself continues to be used as an educational facility. I was to young to remember the severity of this event and was shocked over details inside the museum that I read. It was one small step to the beginning of unity & equal rights in this country.
This was the rest of our day while visiting Little Rock... It is a wonderful city with historic landmarks, a Presidential Library and much more to see & do. We really wanted to visit the Riverside area but never made it there. Don't forget that to get a closer look at any of the photos just click on it and they will open up larger.
Until Later... Have FUN & enjoy life!!!