Programs - The Lucy Craft Laney Museum Of Black History
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Programs

Tours and Exhibits

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.

Black Heritage Trolley Tours

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum’s Black Heritage Trolley Tour is a one-hour excursion that takes patrons to over 30 significant historic sites related to Augusta’s Black history and the city’s development. The trolley tour is paired with the one-hour guided museum tour. Conventions, family reunions, and special event tours are welcome. For tour prices, days, and times, please call the museum at 706-724-3576.

The Children’s Academy

In the summer of 1930, Dr. Mordecai Johnson, President of Howard University, named Miss Laney “Mother of the Children of the People.”

 

The museum continues to serve “the children of the people” through the Lucy Craft Laney Children’s Academy. The program supports state mandated curriculum. Students ages 6-12 acquire continuous learning experiences throught filed trips and other hands-on learning activities.

 

Teens have the opportunity to gain leadership experience as volunteer staff assistants.

Outreach Programs

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History organizes events and tailored presentations that uplift and inform the Augusta community. The Traveling Exhibition, a condensed view of Miss Laney’s life, can be loaned to hosting organizations. In the summer of 1930, Dr. Mordecai Johnson, President of Howard University, named Miss Laney “ Mother of the Children of the People.” The museum continues to serve “the children of the people” through the Lucy Craft Laney Children’s Academy. The program supports state mandated curriculum. Students ages 6-12 acquire continuous learning experiences through field trips and other hands-on learning activities. Teens have the opportunity to gain leadership experience as volunteer staff assistants.

Monthly Senior Luncheons

On the second Wednesday of each month area seniors and working professionals are invited to enjoy lectures on a variety of topics, while dining on food from our city’s finest restaurants. As one of our oldest traditions at the museum, the senior luncheons are an interactive occasion.

The cost of the luncheon is $11. Please RSVP with us at 706-724-3576.

Monthly Health Initiative

The museum sustains Miss Laney’s advocacy for health. In partnership with Augusta University, Phi Chi Chapter of Chi Eta Phi, Inc., and Queensborough National Bank & Trust, free monthly health events are held throughout the city. Medical professionals screen vital signs that include blood pressure, glucose, vision, weight, mental and oral health. Referrals are made when either deemed medically necessary or requested.

Bus and Walking Tours

Annual Trip to Atlanta
Annual Trip to Charleston
Blocks Are Beautiful Tour
This Place Matters: Preserving Augusta’s African-American Communities
and much more!

The Period and Butterfly Gardens

While you’re visiting the Lucy Craft Laney Museum, take a moment to stroll through our beautiful Period Garden. The garden was encouraged by Mrs. Hertha Blount and created as an addition to the museum in 1995. A student from the University of Georgia Horticulture Department designed the space to include plants that would have grown there during Ms. Laney’s life time. These plants include Dogwoods, Irises, Roses, and Azaleas. A highlight of the gardens is the statue of Lucy Craft Laney, designed by Norman Hughes, a local artist. This section of the garden, dedicated to the memory of Ms. Laney, includes commemorative bricks with the names of all who purchased bricks in honor of Ms. Laney and others.