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CHILI COOKOFF TO BE HELD AT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

Central High School National Historic Site

National Park News

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (Feb. 13, 2006) ?During the 1957 desegregation crisis at Central High, Little Rock Nine member Minnijean Brown, frustrated by repeated harassment, ?dropped? a bowl of chili on some students who refused to let her pass?splattering fellow student Dent Gitchel who was sitting nearby. She was suspended for this incident, and later expelled.

On Sunday, March 5, now married Brown-Trickey and Gitchel will come together again for another Chili Incident in the Central High Cafeteria. But this time it?s all for a good cause? a chili tasting to benefit Central High Museum, Inc, which supports the interpretive programs at the Little Rock Central High National Historic Site. ?I see this as a way of diffusing the negativity of the situation for all involved. I hope it?s viewed as one moment in the total reconciliation of the desegregation crisis,? Brown-Trickey said."I hope that through the Chili Cookoff Minnijean and I can send a positive message that all of us must look beyond our superficial differences and find common ground to build a better world," added Gitchel.

This event promises a diverse selection of the best tasting chili ever served in the Central High cafeteria, cooked by celebrity chefs such as: Mark Abernathy of Loca Luna; Broadway Joe of Citadel Communications; Dave Williams of Dave?s Place; Little Rock Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr; Max Brantley of The Arkansas Times; Michael Selig of Vermillion Water Grille; Pamela Smith of KATV; Sanford Tollette of Pfeiffer Camp; Scott McGehee of Boulevard Bread; and Senator Tracy Steele.

Brown-Trickey, Gitchel, and Central High Principal Nancy Rousseau will serve as honorary judges.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children and students, and can be purchased at the door. For more information about the original Chili Incident, call Spirit Trickey, Park Ranger, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site at (501) 374-1957 . To purchase or reserve tickets, please contact Ross Cranford at 975-7291.

For tickets or reservations please contact: Ross Cranford P.O. Box 390 Little Rock, AR 72203 (501) 975-7291



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