Augusta's Golden Blocks

Community Luncheon Series

Effective November 1 2022 advance registration and all payments must be made at least five (5) days prior to the community luncheon, in order to adequately plan for the meals. This will also eliminate the long lines of our attendees paying on the day of the event and will facilitate the luncheon starting on time for a more enjoyable experience. Please remember that the deadline for registration and payment will always be on the Wednesday prior to the week of the luncheon.

Giving Tuesday

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum is participating in Georgia Gives on Giving Tuesday, which is the state’s largest annual giving event. GAgives brings attention to the work and worth of nonprofits like the Lucy Craft Laney Museum. Giving Tuesday ends this year on Tuesday, November 29, 2022.

Will you join us this year? We’re asking you to join us in making a real difference in our community with this campaign between now and Tuesday, November 29, 2022. No gift is too small!

Your donations will support the Christine Miller-Betts Children’s Academy Programs, which provide creative learning spaces for children from low to moderate income homes throughout the year. The children gain experiences during these enrichment activities that they may not otherwise be able to afford.

The children will be exposed to creative activities led by professional artists, dancers, performers and other experts in their chosen field.

You can help now! 

Go to or mail a check directly to the museum at:
Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History
1116 Phillips Street
Augusta, Georgia 30901

Will you support us this year for Giving Tuesday?

Call For Art for 2023 Exhibition

Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History Call for Art for CSRA Artists

Applications Open:  October 34. 2022 – January 13, 2023.


The Lucy Craft Laney Museum is accepting works of art for juried consideration for an upcoming “New & Emerging Artists” exhibition to be held Feb. 6 – March 24, 2023. The application is open to all artists 18 years and older (including Senior Citizens) who reside in the CSRA and are looking to showcase recent artwork. Artists may submit up to 2 works of art in any medium (painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, digital, etc.) Two-dimensional works cannot be larger than 24″x36″ in size and must be matted/framed and ready to hang. Three dimensional (sculptures) are limited to a size that can be displayed on a tabletop. All submissions will be reviewed by a jury panel and artists notified of acceptance. There are no application fees, but the museum will take a 20% commission on any sales to help cover costs of exhibit promotions.


Applications open on October 24, 2022 and will close on January 13, 2023. Jury selection will be completed on January 20th. All accepted artwork must be dropped off to the Museum by February 1st.


To submit artwork please CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW for the PDF application and submission instructions. The Laney Museum is located at 1116 Phillips Street, Augusta, GA 30901. For questions please call 706-724-3576.

Our Giving Tree

The Giving Tree honors all of our cherished supporters who have purchased a leaf or stone. The Giving Tree sculpture provides permanent recognition and advertisement for the museum sponsors and donors at specific levels. Sponsors and donors can help to preserve the legacy of Lucy Craft Laney through art, history and the preservation of her home throughout the year.
Based on the level of giving, sponsors/donors will receive an engraved leaf (bronze, silver, or gold), an acorn, or a large stone. Contact Linda Johnson at 706-724-3576 to find out how you can be a part of the Giving Tree!

Sponsorship Levels/Giving Tree Presentation (Leaf)
$10,000+ Presenting/Platinum Large Stone
$5000 Diamond/Ornate Acorn
$2500 Emerald/Acorn
$1000 Gold/Gold Leaf
$500 Silver/Silver Leaf
$250 Bronze/Bronze Leaf

The People, Businesses and Institutions of Augusta’s Golden Blocks 

During the time of segregation, the area nicknamed the Golden Blocks was the heart of Augusta’s black business community. In the Laney Walker and Bethlehem neighborhoods, black-owned banks, insurance companies, theaters and other businesses worked to offset discrimination and thrived, creating a strong sense of community. Find out more about the people who were a key part of Augusta’s Golden Blocks.

Happy Fall! 

A note from Linda Johnson, Executive Director

I absolutely love the fall! This is truly one of my favorite times of the year. I am looking forward to cooler temperatures and seeing the leaves change to beautiful fall colors. I truly appreciate this time of the year, especially when I think about the steaming hot weather we experienced in Egypt and Dubai, where I recently went on vacation with a group from Augusta. The temperatures there soared from 103 – 106 degrees every day. It’s good to explore and visit other places, however, it is always sweeter to come back home to Augusta. As we come toward the end of this year, we have had a successful year. Our “Friends of the Museum” have continued to increase and we are so thankful for our supporters. The tour groups have increased and we were able to accommodate everyone and all visitors received a world class tour for all scheduled exhibits. The new Self-Guided tours are going very well and each tourist gets to keep their earbuds as a memento from the museum. Our contractor and elevator company are still working on the elevator and we should have it up and running soon.


Lastly, we will begin planning for our 17th Annual Heritage Fundraiser and we hope that it will be an in-person event in 2023. Say tune for the date.


Linda Johnson
Executive Director


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Women of Excellence Exhibition

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Carrie Mays Monument Unveiled

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Schedule a Tour

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.


Guided tours are offered Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday at 10:30am; 11:30am & 2:30pm. Self­Guided tours are available Wednesday & Friday at 10:30am; 11:30am & 2:30pm. The museum is closed 12:00- 1pm. Reservations are required. Group tours of 10 or more visitors must be booked in advance and may be offered flexible tour times. The museum is opened Sundays only for special events.


Golden Blocks Tour takes visitors to the various key locations that comprise The Golden Blocks in the historic Laney Walker District.  Click Here for a virtual tour.

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