Delta House, Inc.
Hours/Upcoming Events

Operating Hours

Our administrative staff can be reached Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm, at the Snypse-Allen House, adjacent to the museum.
Call to Schedule a Black Heritage Tour.

Parking

The museum's parking lot is conveniently located at the corner of Laney-Walker Boulevard and Phillips Street. Certified public safety officers are on duty during evening and special events.

Guided Museum Tour Times

Tuesday-Saturday
9:30 am, 10:30 am
Closed Noon to 1 pm.
1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm,
4:00 pm
Reservations are encouraged. Group tours of 10 or more visitors must be booked in advance. The museum is open Sundays only for special events.


Admission Prices

Adults - $7.00
Seniors (62+); military & family - $5.00
Youth 18 years and under - $3.00
Preschool and SEMC members - Free
The museum is handicapped accessible throughout the building.

Trolley Tour Times
(when available)

9:30 am, 10:30 am
1 pm, 2 pm, 3pm


Epochs of Courage: African Americans in Golf Exhibition
April 2, 2018 - June 30, 2018

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Annual Golf Tournament
May 19, 2018

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Summer Camps
June 4 - 8, 2018
June 11 - 15, 2018

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Laney among most influential educators

Daughter of former slaves worked to ensure black students’ success.

By Nedra Rhone
Courtesy of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

TIn 1883, Lucy Craft Laney, the daughter of former slaves, opened the first school for black students in the basement of Christ Presbyterian Church in Augusta. The lifelong educator believed black children were as worthy of education as any other children. “I am as good as anybody else. God had no different dirt to make me out of than that used in making the first lady of the land,” Laney once said. The seventh of 10 children, Laney was born in Macon to parents who had purchased their own freedom decades earlier to give their children a better life. Despite laws that prohibited blacks from reading, Laney learned to read and write by age 4and learned classical languages by age 12.

At 15, she joined the first class of students at Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University), and she graduated in 1873 with a degree in teacher training. After teaching in Macon, Milledgeville and Savannah, Laney settled in Augusta and founded the school that would later become Haines Normal and Industrial Institution named for Mrs. Francine E. H. Haines, president of the Woman’s Department of the Presbyterian Church, who had secured much needed funding to help Laney grow the school. Laney’s students would go on to attend Howard University, Yale and other prestigious institutions.

Laney died in 1933 but her legacy as one of Georgia’s most influential educators lives on in several schools nationwide named in her honor. Since 1974, her portrait has hung in the Georgia State Capitol, and in 1983, she was inducted into the Women of Achievement of Georgia. Her former home, purchased by Delta House Inc. in 1987 after it was damaged by fire, was restored as the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History.

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

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Augusta NAACP Juneteenth Celebration

In addition to her leadership roles at the turn of the century in the progressive-minded Southeastern Association of Colored Women's Clubs, historic educator Miss Lucy Craft Laney(1854-1933) was also an early individual member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. A pivotal example of her role as a noted social reformer was her courage and initiative to host a charter meeting in her home in February 1917 to establish the Augusta Chapter of the NAACP.

The Augusta Chapter was one of four chapters began, in 1917, under the direct auspices of NAACP National Field Organizer James Weldon Johnson during his Georgia recruiting visit. In addition to Augusta, Mr. Johnson enabled three other Georgia cities to establish chapters during early 1917; therein lies, another interesting example of Miss Laney's far reaching influence. Fannin S. Belcher, M.D.(1871-1956),a native of Augusta and member of the first graduating class of Haines Normal and Industrial Institute in 1888, was elected Charter Vice-President of the Savannah Branch in July 1917.

Shortly afterwards,within a few months of the chapter's formation, Dr. Belcher succeeded Joseph C. Lindsay as President.

The writings of Wilson Jefferson (1879-1969), Augusta Chapter's Charter President, are still widely used by contemporary authors to interpret the history of the civil rights movement in the Southeast.

 

 


Augusta Black Heritage
Trolley Tours



$15 per person (includes guided tour of the historic Lucy Craft Laney Museum)

Please call the museum for availability and times.



The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History Trolley Tour is a two-hour experience that takes patrons to over 25 significant historic sites related to Augusta’s Black history.

For the first time, locals, students, and visitors can experience a comprehensive tour of the rich history of the Laney Walker area.

Conventions, family reunions, and special event tours are welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

About the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History

Ms. Lucy Craft Laney The Lucy Craft Laney Museum is the only African American Museum in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA, Augusta and its Surrounding Areas). The museum, which opened in 1991, is a small house museum that was the former home of Miss Lucy Craft Laney.

The museum is located in the Historic Laney-Walker District, near the original site of the Haines Normal and Industrial Institute. The mission of the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is to promote the legacy of Ms. Lucy Craft Laney through arts and history.  We accomplish this awesome task by educating and exposing children and adults of the CSRA, the State and beyond to the arts, history, literature and leadership through exhibits and programs.

The Preservation of a Legacy
Ms. Laney dedicated her life to providing educational opportunities for Black youth in the Augusta area. Ms. Laney was the founder of the Haines Normal and Industrial Institute which was located on the present site of the Lucy Laney Comprehensive High School. She started the first kindergarten for Black children in Augusta and founded the Lamar School of Nursing for Black women.

The Lucy Laney High School, Laney Walker Boulevard (formerly Gwinnett Street) and the Laney Walker North Historic District have all been named in Ms. Laney's honor. Now through the restoration of her home by Delta House, Inc., another important cultural institution has been dedicated in her memory. The museum is open to all.

The mission of the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is to promote the legacy
of Miss Lucy Craft Laney through art, history, and the preservation of her home.