EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS

Fifteenth Annual Heritage Gala 

June 5, 2021

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History at the Museum’s Annual Heritage Gala on Saturday, June 5th at 7:00 PM. The Gala Event premieres on The Museum’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

CLICK HERE FOR EVENT PROGRAM!

The fundraising event will be a virtual extravaganza and we have a great lineup of speakers, award winners, and special celebrity guests like television star and comedian James Stephen III, and music by Lady and the Gents. A raffle for a cash prize will be held.

The proceeds from Gala Donations go directly towards repairing the Museum’s elevator, which will allow disabled children to access the Children’s Academy in the basement, and disabled visitors to see exhibits on all the floors.

Supporters can donate directly to www.gagives.org/event/Tmvk5f . Every little bit helps tremendously!

Lucy Craft Laney Museum Giving Tree

The “Giving Tree” is a new sculpture that is being designed for the Museum. It will be placed in the main entrance and will provide 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.

 

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

To find out how you can help the Museum and get your leaf, acorn or stone, call Linda Johnson at 706-724-3576.

Summer Camp and Time Capsule

June 21 – 26, 2021

Summer Camp is scheduled for June 21-26, 2021. One of the exciting activities of summer camp will be burying a Time Capsule in the museum gardens. We will be selecting and placing item in a Time Capsule. We would like to have suggestions from the community. If you have any ideas for items (small, less than 2′ X 5”), please call us and share what you have. The Time Capsule will be opened 25 years from the burial date. Very Exciting!

Summer Camp is Free This Year

Special Thanks to a grant from our partner,
Wing Stop Charities

“Wingstop Charities, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, takes an active role in youth and their passions by providing grant opportunities to their brand partners and the programs they are passionate about.  Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is a brand partner.

 

Wingstop Charities encompasses youth and their passions, ranging from education, arts, sports, career development and more. Wingstop Charities mission is Engaging Our Youth in Pursuit of their Passions. By providing grant opportunities to our brand partners, Wingstop Charities amplifies local efforts, further engages our brand partners with local organizations and provides a unified approach making our efforts more impactful and meaningful.”

Thank you Wingstop for providing the amazing opportunity of free Summer Camps to the children in our neighborhoods!

Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

 

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 – 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 available in the museum and administration office. Employees will also clean frequently touched areas after each tour.

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.

Summer is Bringing Many Positive Things to the Museum 

A Note from Linda Johnson, Executive Director

 

Greetings! This is an exciting time for us at the museum. There are two things I want to share with you: First, we are getting ready to celebrate the museum’s 30th Anniversary, which will include the Annual Heritage Gala, on June 5, 2021, at 7:00pm. Remember, this Black Tie event is virtual and is free this year. We are inviting the entire community to celebrate with us. Thank you so much to our community supporters for all of your support and donations to the museum over the years. All proceeds for this year’s event will go towards repairing the museum’s elevator so that the museum’s exhibits and Children Academy Programs are accessible on all floors for those with mobility challenges. It is not too late…you still have time to donate. Please go to donation portal at GaGives.org.

 

Special Thanks to a grant from our partner, Wing Stop Charities

“Wingstop Charities, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, takes an active role in youth and their passions by providing grant opportunities to their brand partners and the programs they are passionate about.  Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is a brand partner. Wingstop Charities encompasses youth and their passions, ranging from education, arts, sports, career development and more. Wingstop Charities mission is Engaging Our Youth in Pursuit of Their Passions. By providing grant opportunities to our brand partners, Wingstop Charities amplifies local efforts, further engages our brand partners with local organizations and provides a unified approach making our efforts more impactful and meaningful.”

 

Thank you Wingstop for providing the amazing opportunity of free Summer Camps to the children in our neighborhoods!

 

Second, the Conference Room/Museum Renovation Project – Starting in June, the museum will be going through a renovation project. This renovation will ensure the viability of the museum for future generations to enjoy. We will continue to provide tours, on a limited basis, on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. Please know that we a plan in place to ensure for the safety of our staff and visitors during this renovation period. Stay tuned for updates on the renovation project and on days for possible closure.

 

Stay safe!

 

Linda F. Johnson
Executive Director

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum
30th Anniversary Exhibition

June 1 – July 24, 2021

 

A celebration of 30 years of the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1991-2021, the largest African American museum in the River Region. The exhibit will highlight many of the special moments that went into the development of the Laney Museum.

 

In 1987, Miss Laney’s home was damaged by fire, purchased by Delta House, Inc., and later restored and made into a museum, which promotes the legacy through art, history, and the preservation of her home. The Haines Alumnae Association later placed an eternal flame on her grave site, which reminds us all of a great woman.

We’re Renovating!

The Museum’s Conference Room will be closed the middle of June – August for renovations. We will continue
to offer tours in the museum, however, exhibits in the conference room will be closed. We will keep you
updated on the renovation project and other closures.

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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

info@@lucycraftlaneymuseum.com