Please note that the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is currently closed for renovations.
Augusta's Golden Blocks

Renovations Project

Good news!  The long-awaited new elevator will be installed after Masters week. The Museum will be open for Masters visitors on April 5 – 9, then reclose for the elevator installation. Admission during Masters week is free, sponsored by Bank of America.


The Lucy Craft Laney Museum is pleased to announce that Bank of America is our Grand Re-Opening Admissions sponsor.


The Re-opening Celebration will be scheduled for a yet to be determined date in May.


Please join us next month at the Museum, see the wonderful new renovations and our redesigned permanent exhibits! We are so very happy to open our doors again to invite everyone back in.


The renovations here at the museum are progressing very well.  The Scope of the Project consists of both interior and exterior work to the museum and conference center. Specifically, the work involves the following: removing old roof and applying new roof for museum and conference room; repairing, waterproofing, painting siding and foundation; ensuring for the integrity of interior and exterior walls, floors and all foundations; sanding/finishing all wood floors; replacing ceiling in conference room; new flooring in conference room; installing new LED/museum quality lighting; upgrading existing HVAC and ductwork; upgrading all attic installation; upgrading electrical system and electrical panel; repairing basement ceiling and water closet; replacing windows; technological upgrades to include equipment and software; renovations to ensure compliance with ADA codes/regulations for bathrooms, ramps and sidewalks.


The museum’s current audio-visual system does not interface with the internet or have wireless access points for internet on all floors. Thanks to a grant from the Creel-Harrison Foundation, we are also upgrading all of the museum’s audio-visual equipment and date points to all areas of the museum and conference center. This will allow the facilitation of more effective tours, classes and professional presentations that are in-line with current technology. Grant funds will also be used to purchase 2 new laptops.


We are super excited!  It is going to be absolutely beautiful when renovations are complete. Stay tuned for more exciting news on the museum’s renovations and the date for the grand re-opening.

Our Giving Tree is Live

The Museum is thrilled to unveil the brand new Giving Tree that 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 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.

Spring Greetings From The Executive Director 

A note from Linda Johnson, Executive Director

Spring is right around the corner and the flowers and trees are blooming here at the museum. The renovations are almost complete, and we know you are ready to resume tours and see the newly renovated museum and conference center. We are waiting for the installation of the new elevator.  Shipping delays and component availability has affected the entire country and especially the elevator industry.  This has resulted in a delay in the installation date for the elevator in the museum.  We are currently looking at mid-May for the elevator installation.  We are pleased to add some additional phenomenal women to our Women of Excellence Exhibition, which will be a year-long virtual exhibition. These women are truly trailblazers, and we look forward to sharing their unique contributions to our community with you. The museum’s “Giving Tree” is now live and we invite you to drop by and see it.


The Heritage Fundraiser is our signature annual fundraiser for the museum. This year, our 16th Annual Heritage Fundraising Campaign is set for March 10, 2022 – June 18, 2022.  The Heritage Fundraising Committee has boldly established this year’s fundraising goal in the amount of $250,000. This fundraiser is successful largely due to the sponsorships and donations we receive from businesses, organizations, churches and of course our dedicated friends. All proceeds for this year’s Heritage Fundraiser will go towards critical repairs that are needed to stabilize the structural integrity of the museum’s administrative building. The administrative building’s foundation is compromised which affects floors, walls and ultimately the safety of our employees.  The campaign will culminate with a Special Event at the LCL Museum of Black History to thank our donors and sponsors for their support on Saturday, June 18, 2022, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Thank you for your continuous support.

Linda Johnson


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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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Contact information

1116 Phillips Street Augusta, Georgia 30901