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Officials seek World Heritage Site designation for Central High

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CENTRAL HIGH: Proposed for World Heritage list.
  • CENTRAL HIGH: Proposed for World Heritage list.
State and local tourism officials announced today an effort to persuade the United Nations to add a group of significant sites in the civil rights struggle, including Little Rock's Central High School, scene of the 1957 desegregation crisis, to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.

The labeling is considered a boon to tourism. Here's KARK's rundown on today's announcement. The sites for consideration — in a process that could take several years:

Bethel Baptist Church, Birmingham, Ala.
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Topeka, Kan.
Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, Montgomery, Ala.
Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Ala.
Foster Auditorium, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Frank M. Johnson Jr. Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse and Greyhound Bus Station, Montgomery, Ala.
The Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.
International Civil Rights Center & Museum, Greensboro, N.C.
Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Little Rock, Ark.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta, Ga.
Medgar Evers House, Jackson, Miss.
National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tenn.
16th Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Ala.;
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Tuskegee, Ala.
Historic West Hunter Street Baptist Church, Atlanta, Ga.

The list currently has about 1,000 cultural and scenic sites, about 80 percent manmade. The Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau and the state Parks and Tourism Department are participating in the effort.




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