Central High School National Historic Site

Three years after the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision officially ended public-school segregation, a federal court ordered the Little Rock school system to desegregate. Governor Orval Faubus defied the court and called out the Arkansas National Guard to prevent nine African American students (who became known as “The Little Rock Nine”) from entering the building. When white mobs threatened the students and Faubus failed to restore order, President Eisenhower dispatched federal troops to Little Rock and placed the Arkansas National Guard under federal command. Despite continued resistance by Faubus over a two-year period, Central High School was eventually integrated.

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