U.S. House Pass Bill to Preserve Homes Around Little Rock Central High School

LITTLE ROCK, AR. -- The U.S.  House passed a bill to preserve homes around one of Arkansas' most historic sites.

Little Rock Central High School was designated a national historic site in 1998.

It was the site of a crisis that drew the eyes of the world and now Arkansas Congressman French Hill wants to make sure it's preserved.

"I think it's important when you experience history that you try to get as much of the atmosphere as it was," Representative French Hill added.

In 1957 nine black students signed up for classes at the previously all white Little Rock Central High School.

Angry mobs and Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus tried to prevent integration but President Dwight Eisenhower and federal troops made sure it was carried out. 

The backdrop of some of the most iconic images of the turmoil are homes along south park street across the street from Central High.

Hill is sponsoring legislation to bring seven homes on the street into the boundaries of the national historic site.

"We help preserve that strip of little rock as it was back in 1957," said Hill.

Hills legislation allows the Department of the Interior to allocate funds for preservation and it could open up the properties to grant money.

Some of the homes are abandoned and need to be maintained.

Arkansas Senator, Tom Cotton is sponsoring identical legislation in the Senate. 

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