Carlotta Walls LaNier was among the so-called Little Rock Nine and says the home was nurturing yet "like a war room." It's where they got ready for school and talked about their day.
Two charities want to preserve the tan, brick home as a civil rights museum. They're giving tours Wednesday to show off $75,000 in restorations.
A plaque in the yard marks the small house as a national historic site, but it's easy to miss. Supporters say they want to change that and honor the Bates' contribution.