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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 regular morning museum tours will be suspended May 31st , June 4-7, and June 11-14 in consideration of reserved conferences and Annual Summer Camp. On those days, guided tours resume at 2pm.


JUNE 15, 2019

Book Signing at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History Conference Room


Cameron will discuss his book about the Summer of 1919 when racial unrest rolled across the nation and the first stirring of the Civil Rights fight began. Millions of lives were disrupted, and hundreds of lives were lost. Blacks responded by fighting back with an intensity never seen before. Cameron Whirter is a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Based in Atlanta, he covers politics, economics, breaking news and other subjects. Prior to joining the Wall Street Journal in 2010 he worked for several news organizations including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Detroit News. He is the author of Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America


Augusta Housing & Community Development and The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History presents “Through the F. I. R.E. Exhibition: The Living Legacy of Laney-Walker / Bethlehem”

Presenting vintage photographic scenes, Through the F. I. R.E. Exhibition intends to re-ignite the flame that once lived in the hearts of residents, to bolster community development, sparking the desire for more private investments in the area. Forming Intentional Relationships Everywhere aims to kindle passion within the community, while simultaneously fueling momentum for subsequent economic development plans. The project will also encourage creativity and link the thriving community of the past to the thriving community of the future.


Epochs of Courage – The Black Caddies

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is pleased to present a new Epochs of Courage African American Golf Exhibition, “The First Generation of Black Golf: The Caddy.” Epochs of Courage Black Golf Exhibitions provides the opportunity to immerse one’s self into a cultural side of golf that has yet to receive the recognition nor accolades that is so well deserved.

Tuesday April 30, 5:30pm

Lucy Craft Laney, John Wesley Gilbert, and the Early History of Public Education in Augusta

Join us Tuesday April 30th at 5:30PM for the Spring Lecture at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History by John W.I. Lee, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Ancient History at USC-Santa Barbara. Dr. Lee is distinguished in antiquity studies as The Great Courses lecturer on The Persian Empire. He will discuss the lives of internationally acclaimed educators Gilbert and Laney, whose work in racial uplift is linked and exemplified through their 1917 charter membership in The Augusta Branch of the NAACP. Georgia Humanities Scholar Joyce Law will precede Dr. Lee’s presentation with a brief insight on Reconstruction Era education in Augusta. To RSVP please call 706-724-3576.

May 18, 2019

4th Annual Lucy Craft Laney Museum Golf Tournament

Register for the 4th Annual Lucy Craft Laney Golf Tournament at the Augusta Municipal Golf Course on May 18th! The Four-person best ball tournament (Captain Choice) Early bird  Golfer’s Entry Fee is only $75 Now – May 17th. $85 per player Day of Tournament. Six sponsorship levels also available. Special  Friday Night Pairing Reception at The Laney Museum on May 17, 6 – 9pm includes Annual Black Golf Exhibition, Live Entertainment, and Museum Tour. Call 404-488-3207 to reserve your spot.

May 4, 2019

Laney Museum Charlotte Day-Trip

Join The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History on its out of town day-trip to Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, May 4th. Explore many of the museums, art galleries and historic African American churches in the area. Bus leaves from and returns to the Laney Museum of Black History.

Feature Sponsor: Augusta & Co.

An innovative experience center located in the heart of downtown, Augusta & Co. invites both the “company” of fellow Augustans, or that of visiting friends and family, to experience the authentic flavors of Augusta through its rotating art gallery, tasting bar, and curated local merchandise, while sharing can’t-miss information on regional attractions and events. More than just an elevated shopping experience, Augusta & Co. is a community hub fully staffed with local Augusta Experts, eager to introduce guests to the “new” Augusta, alive with a revitalized arts & cultural scene, chef-driven restaurants, and outdoor adventures; stock up on everything from Augusta merchandise, to event calendars, and customized dining recommendations before venturing out into the city yourself! Keep up with scheduled tastings, art installations, and local pop-ups through the Augusta & Co. social media channels.

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Guided tours through the museum’s permanent exhibitions – the Lucy Craft Laney Exhibition, the Pilgrim Health and Life Insurance Exhibition, the Alice Davis Collection, and the Augusta Ebony Legacy Collection-provide visitors with an overview of Black Augustans’ contributions at the local, state, national, and international levels. The museum also displays a number of rotating exhibitions which feature well known and emerging artists; and, educational forums with community leaders. The Annual Lucy Laney Craft Quilt Exhibition showcases regional fiber artists. Special exhibitions about entertainer James Brown, golf, and historical milestones are also popular attractions.

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1116 Phillips Street Augusta, Georgia 30901