EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS

New Exhibition at the Laney Museum: The HBCU Experience, Past, Present and Future

August 1 – September 25, 2020

 

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History will showcase “The HBCU Experience, Past, Present and Future” from August 1st to September 25th.  This exhibit examines the role that the historically black college and university have played in shaping many of the iconic figures of Augusta.  One need look no further than the namesake of the museum, Lucy Craft Laney, who graduated in 1873 in the first class of the Normal School of Atlanta University.  In addition to the physical exhibit at the Museum, there will be several virtual and interactive components.

 

The HBCU Experience: Past, Present and Future
DIGITAL EXHIBITION: 
CLICK HERE

 

Admission to the museum is limited to tours of four people and tours must be set up in advance. Available tour times are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10:30am and 2:30pm.

 

The Historically Black College and University, or HBCU, has been one of the foundational institutions in the African American community since the antebellum period.  Post-Civil War America saw the creation of dozens of HBCU’s, from Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, to Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.  All HBCU’s are not the same.  Some are large, like Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and others have a more intimate campus setting, like Paine College in Augusta, Georgia.  But no matter the size or geographic location of the school there is one thing that is for certain, the HBCU experience is a collegiate experience unlike any other.

 

A virtual panel discussion about the importance of the HBCU in the 21st Century will be held Friday, October 2nd, 10:00 am.

Topic:  The HBCU Experience, Past, Present and Future

Hosted by Augusta’s own and Fisk University graduate Dee Griffin, news anchor from Channel 6. The panelists will include representatives from various historically black colleges and universities.

For more information about this exhibit as well as important information on our tours please contact 706-724-3576.

Bank of America Partners with the Laney Museum for The HBCU Experience Exhibit

 

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is pleased to announce that Bank of America has partnered with the Museum for the upcoming showcase “The HBCU Experience, Past, Present and Future” from August 4th to September 25th.  This partnership will enable the museum to provide free admission! This new exhibit examines the role that historically black colleges and universities have played in shaping many of the iconic figures of Augusta.  In addition to the physical exhibit at the Museum, several free virtual and interactive components will be implemented.

 

“At Bank of America, we are continuing to identify new ways to meet the needs of our neighbors and help create lasting change,” said Ora Parish, Augusta market president for Bank of America. “Partnering with Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is one of the ways we are helping to enrich our Augusta community in the area of culture and education.”

 

Post-Civil War America saw the creation of dozens of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs, from Atlanta University in Atlanta to Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.  Some HBCUs are large, like Southern University in Baton Rouge, while others have a more intimate campus setting, like Paine College in Augusta.  Corey Rogers, Historian with the Laney Museum pointed out “no matter the size or geographic location of the school there is one thing that is for certain, the HBCU experience is a collegiate experience unlike any other.”

 

In September a virtual panel discussion will be held about the history of HBCU’s and their importance in the 21st Century. The panelists will include representatives from various historically black colleges and universities. The panel will be moderated by Augusta’s own Dee Griffin, a Fisk University graduate.

 

Due to Covid-19 safety precautions, admission is limited to tours of four people. Available tour times are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10:30am and 2:30pm. Admission is ONLY by pre-scheduled tour.

 

For more information about this exhibit as well as important information on our tours please contact 706-724-3576.

Annual Quilt Exhibition: “Quilting the HBCU Experience”

October 1 2020, January 24, 2021

This year the Annual Quilt Exhibit is a very special showcase of quilts from the renowned Brown  Sugar Stitchers that highlight the HBCU experience.

The exhibit will feature quilts that represent many of the historically black colleges around the country as well as quilts inspired by the African-American Greek-letter organizations. Call early to schedule your tour: 706-724-3576.

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

Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History

 

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is currently featuring a wonderful display of portraits, books, art and historic documents in celebration of women. Due to the necessary safety precautions in place we are making the exhibit available on social media in a series of posts that will enable people to enjoy learning more about the amazing women in this collection.

 

We have added  the images to our website for the digital exhibition as well. We hope you enjoy this virtual display and come see us in the Laney Walker District of Augusta once life returns to normal.

Latest news

Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History

Limited Re-Opening Date Scheduled for August 4, 2020

 

To help prevent the spread of Covid-19, and ensure for the safety of our staff and visitors, the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History has put the following guidelines in place, until further notice:

 

Limited entry – The maximum number of visitors per tour is four (4).

Temperature checks – will be taken prior to entering the building for tours.

Tours – By appointment only on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10:30am and 2:30pm. Please call to schedule your tour in advance.

Masks – All employees and visitors are required to wear a mask during tours.

Physical Distancing – Maintain social distancing according to CDC guidelines of 6 feet. Floor markers are spaced to help you practice social distancing.

Sanitizing to reduce spread – Hand Sanitizing station will be available in the museum and administration office. Employees will also clean frequently touched areas after each tour.

Ticket sales – Online ticket sales are preferred; however, payment of fees can be placed in the drop box in the Administration Building.

Conference Room Rental – The Conference Room will remain closed for events until further notice. We will keep you posted on its reopening.

Monthly Senior Luncheon – Canceled until further notice.

 

Please follow quarantine guidance if you are sick, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Please do not plan a visit to the Lucy Craft Laney Museum until you have been symptom-free for at least 14 days.

 

Things may be a little different when you visit, but we can’t wait to see you in person… 6 feet away that is… and welcome you back to the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History!

 

Please continue to visit our Social Media pages for additional information and upcoming events.

 

Yearbooks Wanted

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is looking for donations or loans of yearbooks from A.R. Johnson Junior High School between 1967 and 1971.  If you have yearbooks within this range please e-mail Corey Rogers at ocur761@gmail.com or call 706-724-3576.

 

ABOUT THE MUSEUM

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum is the largest 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.

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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.

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Contact information

1116 Phillips Street Augusta, Georgia 30901

+1-706-724-3576

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