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.


Annual Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History Heritage Gala


February 29, 2020
The Augusta Marriott Hotel


International star James Stephens III will be the featured guest at the 2020 Heritage Gala on February 29, 2020!

James Stephens has starred on several TV shows and done standup appearances on ABC, NBC, CBS as well as Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, and MTV. He’s worked with Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell, Chris Rock, Garth Brooks, Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Joe Rogan, George Lopez, Jerry Seinfeld and others. His quick wit and Improv skills make every show different.


Reception and Auction will start at 6pm.
Doors will open for dinner at 7pm, with dancing at 9pm.


The Black-Tie event is $100* per person and tables for ten are available for $1000.*  Seating is limited so purchase tickets early to guarantee a seat at this spectacular event!


*Ticketing/Processing Fees apply.




The Redcliffe Plantation in Beech Island is offering Heritage Gala ticket holders FREE admission to attend a very special presentation of “From Black Hands to White Mouths” on Saturday, February 29th, 2020 from 11am to 12:30pm.


Chef Kevin Mitchell, from the Culinary Institute of Charleston, will present his acclaimed research and thesis work on enslaved cooks and chefs in Charleston.


Advanced reservations are required. Please call 803-827-1473 or email redcliffe@scprt.com by February 24, 2020  to reserve your spot. Space is limited.


Redcliffe Plantation is located at 181 Redcliffe Rd. Beech Island, SC 29842. Admission for non-Gala ticket holders is $10 for adults, $8 for SC Seniors, $3 for Children.


“Anne and Emmett” Special Production February 25th Benefiting the Laney Museum

Augusta Junior Players is presenting a benefit performance for the CSRA on Tuesday February 25 at 7 pm at Heritage Academy at 333 Greene St. Augusta GA. This critically acclaimed production of “Anne and Emmett” which is directed by Roy Lewis, features two Augusta area youth portraying Anne Frank (Mary Charles Johnson) and Emmett Till (Darrick Brown) both victims of hatred and racial intolerance. Anne Frank (age 15) perished in 1945 in the European Holocaust and Emmett Till (age 14) was brutally murdered in 1955 which sparked the Civil Rights movement. This powerful and moving piece by Janet Langhart Cohen is a call to action to Stop the Hate: Tikkun Olam! We can Repair the World! According to some audience members who saw the play recently, “it is phenomenal, profound, and heartwrenching – a must see for all.”


Although graphic, the play appeals to all ages but especially those of Anne and Emmett’s age, lest they never know or are allowed to forget. The after performance Discussion/TalkBack will feature local news personality Monique Williams and Ron Small, Founder and Principal of the Holocaust Education Film Foundation, fielding comments and questions about prejudice, hatred, racism, and antisemitism. The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History and the Augusta Jewish Museum provide educational resources online and currently at the Laney Museum at 1116 Phillips St. Phase I of the Augusta Jewish Museum is proposed to open to the public at 525 Telfair St. by late 2020.


Proceeds of this single performance will benefit the non-profit Augusta Jewish Museum and the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History to help with programming and facilities. Tickets may be purchased online at www.augustajewishmuseum.org or by calling

706 426 1542.


Patron tickets are $50 each which includes preferred seating. General Admission is $20 each and $10 each for youth under 18, military, or seniors over 65. The theater is wheelchair accessible; security and escorts will be provided.

March 2020 Exhibition

“I’m Every Woman: A Tribute to African American Women
in Augusta

Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History


The Lucy Craft Laney Museum will present a special month long exhibition in March 2020 as a tribute to women’s history month. It will feature artwork,  photographs and historic documents that celebrate the lives and contributions of Augusta’s black women including:


Renetta DuBose, Dee Griffin, Monique Williams, Julia Dent, Dee Crawford, Ruth Crawford, Christine Miller-Betts, Rosa Tutt, Mildred Southward, Phoebe Southward Ali, Lucy Craft Laney, Margaret Louise Laney, Josephine Richardson, Essie McIntyre, Justine Washington, Martha Thompson, Jackie Lawrence, Rosa Clemons, Hettie Copeland, and  Yolanda Copeland.

January – February 2020 Exhibition

African Americans and Medicine in Augusta

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History


In January and February of 2020 the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History will highlight the achievements of Augusta’s African American doctors, nurses and healthcare providers. Black Medicine in Augusta will explore the many pioneers and institutions in the world of medicine. This exhibit will feature many notables such as Dr. George N. Stoney, an Aiken, South Carolina native that came to Augusta and became a prominent doctor and business owner; Lucy Craft Laney, who established the Lamar School of Nursing; Dr. Thomas Walter Josey, Medical Director of the Pilgrim Health and Life Insurance Company; The Burruss Sanitarium, a preeminent hospital for African Americans in the South at the height of Jim Crow.


This exhibit will also acknowledge some of the more contemporary members of the healthcare community such as Margaret Weston and Dr. Ronald Brown. This exhibit will go through February 28th.

March 11, 2020, 11:30 am – 1-00 pm

Speaker Series

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History


March Senior Luncheon will be a tribute to attorney and Judge Bettieanne Hart.  The March Senior Luncheon will take place Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 11:30 am in the Lucy Craft Laney Museum Conference Room. Cost is $11.00 per person.

All in the community are welcome. RSVP are required for the luncheon. Please call 706-724-3576 to make your reservations.

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