In 1957, nine African American students entered Central High School escorted by the National Guard amid violent turmoil as many, including the governor, opposed the new integration laws.
In recognition of these brave students, artist John Deering created a monument to honor the nine who faced persecution with a bronze statue and quotation from each student.
This memorial is the first Civil Rights monument to be installed on the grounds of any state capitol in the south. It is situated facing the governor’s office.
Testament: The Little Rock Nine Monument inspires viewers to be brave in the face of adversity.
– Rebecca Hastings, The Arkansas 100