Heifer International#6 in Best Things To Do in Little Rock
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Heifer International is a global organization dedicated to ending world hunger and poverty. The nonprofit seeks to empower and train people to become farmers, ranchers and business owners to create sustainable economies, secure food and protect the environment. Heifer also places a focus on empowering women in the process.
Visitors can stop by Heifer's headquarters in Little Rock, which houses a hands-on museum, to learn more about Heifer's mission. There's also a 3-acre working farm that has an aquaponics space, greenhouses, gardens and animal ambassadors like alpacas and goats. While you're welcome to visit on your own, there are also more structured experiences, such as tours and learning programs. When you're done exploring, stop by the on-site cafe or the gift shop to purchase fair-trade wares.
Multiple previous travelers said Heifer International is a wonderful place to visit. They said it's a particularly good stop for families, as many of the hands-on activities will please little ones, while older kids will find the subject matter itself engaging.
The Heifer International complex is free to visit, though donations are welcome. It is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You'll find the facility just southeast of the Clinton Presidential Center. Learn more about Heifer's mission and programming on its website.
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#1 Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
In 1957, nine Black students enrolled at Little Rock Central High School. The school had been all-white since its construction in 1927. Minnijean Brown, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Thelma Mothershed, Melba Pattillo, Gloria Ray, Terrence Roberts, Jefferson Thomas and Carlotta Wells were the first Black students at the school following the 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, which ruled that school segregation was unconstitutional. The day the students went to school, they were met with a racist mob of white students as well as about 270 soldiers who barred the entrance to the high school. It took almost two weeks before the Little Rock Nine were able to access the building. Though they were able to enter the school, they faced physical and verbal abuse throughout their high school careers. The Little Rock Nine's historic and brave acts helped to spur the civil rights movement and brought national attention to the U.S.'s racist practices.
Today, Little Rock Central High School is a National Historic Site and is still a working high school. The associated visitor center sits kitty-corner to the school and features exhibits about the desegregation crisis as well as a book store. There is also a Commemorative Garden. Tours of the exterior and interior of Little Rock Central High School are also available, but must be reserved in advance through the National Park Service.
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