Within the Central Savannah River Area, the only museum dedicated to African Americans is the Lucy Craft Laney Museum. The tiny house museum was once the home for Miss Lucy Craft Laney, who established the very first black school for girls and boys in Augusta.
The purpose of the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is to spread her legacy by promoting her work in the arts and the history of the area. The late Ms. Laney dedicated her life to providing education opportunities to black young people in the Augusta region. Ms. Laney was the founder of the Haines Normal and Industrial Institute that was situated on the site that is now the Lucy Laney Comprehensive High School. She founded the first school with black kids in Augusta and also established her own school, the Lamar School of Nursing for Black women. It is the Lucy Laney High School, Laney Walker Boulevard (formerly Gwinnett Street) as well as the Laney Walker North Historic District are all given the name in Ms. Laney’s memory.
Exhibits and Tours
The museum offers guided tours that take visitors through its permanent exhibits – including the Pilgrim Health and Life Insurance Exhibition, the Lucy Craft Laney Exhibition the Alice Davis Collection, and the Augusta Ebony Legacy Collection. It provides visitors with a comprehensive outline of Black Augustans’ contributions at the state, local as well as national levels. The museum also has various rotating exhibits that showcase well-known and emerging artists educational forums featuring community officials. The annual Lucy Laney Craft Quilt Exhibition highlights local fiber artists. Special exhibitions on entertainment legend James Brown, golf, and historic landmarks are very popular.
Museum Tour Guide Times
Tuesday-Saturday; 9:30AM, 10:30AM, 1:00PM, 2:00PM, 3:00PM, 4:00PM
Reservations are highly recommended. Group tours with 10 or more guests need to be reserved in advance. It is accessible on Sundays only for special occasions.
Youth (ages 4-17): $3
Monday: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Friday: 9:00am – 4:30pm
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