Each year we pause to remember Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15, along with the holiday on Jan. 18 and his powerful contributions to our country. Hot Springs honors Dr. King with a parade in historic downtown Hot Springs on Jan. 18.
In the same spirit of gratitude, this past year I visited the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. The site includes a Visitor Center with lots of interesting exhibits telling the stories of the Little Rock Nine at Central High School; Commemorative Garden; Education Center at the historic Mobil Station and Little Rock Central High School.
At the Visitor Center my daughter, friend and I spent lots of time reading and listening to stories about the events surrounding the desegregation of Central High School in 1957. This was an historic event for the entire country and helped Arkansas offer a better and more equitable way to educate all of our children.
It occurred to me that making a visit to the Little Rock Central High School Historic Site around the time we celebrate MLK Day would be a great way to honor Dr. King’s memory. The Site is operated by the National Park Service and is open every day except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. For more information go online to www.nps.gov/chsc or call 501.374.1957. The onsite park rangers were information and helpful, and very open to being asked lots of questions.
It’s only an hour’s drive to the Historic Site in Little Rock from Hot Springs from the Lookout Point. Our Hot Springs bed and breakfast would be a great place to stay during the MLK weekend. We would be glad to help our guests plan a trip to Little Rock. In addition to the Historic Site, the Clinton Library is also a great place to learn a little more about our national and Arkansas history. At the Inn, we have a great location on Lake Hamilton to return to in the evening and a delicious breakfast to enjoy the next morning.
We’re glad to suggest places to dine and visit explore in Hot Springs. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll make suggestions for a wonderful Arkansas adventure.