Little Rock, Arkansas, gained attention during the Civil Rights movement when nine African-American teenagers entered the all-white Central High School in 1957. They were testing the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.
The Arkansas National Guard kept them from entering the school but later that month they were escorted in by the U.S. Army, ordered by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The teens became known as the Little Rock Nine.
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There are other interesting facts about Little Rock that you might not know. Here are five of them:
The city’s red brick Old State House Museum
is the oldest standing state capitol building west of the Mississippi River. It took nine years to build it, started in 1833 and finished in 1842.
The William J. Clinton Presidential Center supports the mission of the Clinton Foundation
, which is dedicated to increasing awareness about HIV/AIDS and other health issues.
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The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, also located in the center, is the first American school to provide a master’s degree in public service.
3. According to the Little Rock Visitors Bureau,
the television sitcom “Designing Women” was produced by Little Rock native Harry Thomason. The fictional design firm was based at the Villa Marre residence. It was shown in the opening credits of every episode.
4. According to DumbLaws.com
, "Flirtation between men and women on the streets of Little Rock may result in a 30-day jail term."
5. Aviator Charles Lindbergh stopped in Little Rock
in 1927, just four months after his trans-Atlantic flight in the “Spirit of St. Louis.”
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