Hubs and I began our winter vacation by trekking from Houston, Texas to Durham, North Carolina by car. Car. Right. We decided to travel the route less known to us that would allow us to visit historical landmarks and pay homage to some very courageous people whose lives helped change the trajectory of our lives and our country. First stop – Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nine brave teenagers in 1957 exercised their right, which had been affirmed with the 1954 Supreme Court’s ruling in the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education, to integrate Central High School. They endured being blocked at entrances by segregationists and the Arkansas National Guard as ordered by the governor, spat upon, acid poured in their eyes, death threats and countless other indignities all to earn the same education being offered one segment of the population and to pave the way for others to do the same.
The National Park Service has designated Central High School as a National Landmark. Additionally, it has erected a Visitor Center that houses many pertinent items in retelling the story as well as maintained the corner gas station that beautifully represents a time not long ago.
Thank you Ernest Green, Elizabeth Eckford, Jefferson Thomas, Terrence Robers, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Minnijean Brown, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Thelma Mothershed and Melba Pattillo Beals.
What national landmarks have you visited? Have you been to Arkansas? If so, what places did you visit?