Museum Hours of Operation
Tuesday-Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday: open for special events and by request
Museum Tour Times
9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am
1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm,
10:30 am, 11:30 am
1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm
Fees: Adults $5 Seniors $3 Children $2
Group tours with 20 people or more must be booked in advance. Call 706.724.3576.
Civil Rights and the Arts Exhibition
July 1 - September 30, 2016
Civil Rights Exhibition Reception
August 7, 2016, 3:00pm
August 10, 2016
11:30am - 1:00pm
Civil Rights & the Arts Musical Presentation
August 27, 2016
7:00pm - 9:00pm
September 14, 2016
11:30am - 1:00pm
Eva Clayton Documentary and Discussion
September 15, 2016
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Save Mother Trinity Exhibition
October 1, 2016
9:30pm – 4:00pm
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Great Figures in Black History:
John Hope Franklin
John Hope Franklin was a highly esteemed historian and author, known for his scholarship that focused on Southern history and racial politics.
Born on January 2, 1915, in Rentiesville, Oklahoma, John Hope Franklin earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University before embarking on a career as one of the most renowned historians of his time. Franklin released his groundbreaking From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans in 1947, with many other titles to follow. He was also an academic leader and civil rights activist. He died on March 25, 2009, in Durham, North Carolina.
A prolific author, Franklin wrote many other books as well, including The Militant South: 1800-1806 (1956), The Emancipation Proclamation (1963), Runaway Slaves: Rebels on the Plantation (1999), co-penned with Loren Schweninger, and his 2005 autobiography, Mirror to America. Franklin received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton in 1995, among his more than 100 honorary degrees and additional accolades. In his later years he was appointed professor emeritus at Duke, with a building dedicated to him, and he continued to write and study.
Civil Rights and the Arts Exhibition
Golf Tournament was a HUGE Success!
Overview of the 2016 Summer Camp
Rev. Silas Floyd Dedication of Georgia Historical Marker
Augusta Black Heritage
Every Friday 10am - 12noon
$15 per person (includes guided tour of the historic Lucy Craft Laney Museum)
The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History Trolley Tour is a two-hour experience that takes patrons to over 25 significant historic sites related to Augusta’s Black history.
For the first time, locals, students, and visitors can experience a comprehensive tour of the rich history of the Laney Walker area.
Conventions, family reunions, and special event tours are welcome.
24-hour advance reservations required.
Lucille Laney Ellis Floyd, who died Wednesday at age 101, will be remembered for the profound effect she had on her pupils, her church and the preservation of history in Augusta’s black community, those who knew her say.
Lucille Laney Ellis Floyd taught at several Augusta elementary schools and was active at her church.
Floyd, the goddaughter of legendary Augusta educator Lucy Laney, was well known to the staff at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History and never failed to amaze, said Corey Rogers, the museum’s staff historian.
Her stories and knowledge of Augusta’s history were remarkable, he said, and many times he just listened to her deliver a “steady diet of unbelievable information.” Floyd received her early education from Haines Nor¬mal and Industrial Insti¬tute, then continued at Paine Col¬lege and South Carolina State University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She received her master’s degree in early childhood education from Colum¬bia University, making her the first black teacher in the Richmond County school system to hold
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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.
The Preservation of a Legacy
Ms. Laney dedicated her life to providing educational opportunities for Black youth in the Augusta area. Ms. Laney was the founder of the Haines Normal and Industrial Institute which was located on the present site of the Lucy Laney Comprehensive High School. She started the first kindergarten for Black children in Augusta and founded the Lamar School of Nursing for Black women.
The Lucy Laney High School, Laney Walker Boulevard (formerly Gwinnett Street) and the Laney Walker North Historic District have all been named in Ms. Laney's honor. Now through the restoration of her home by Delta House, Inc., another important cultural institution has been dedicated in her memory. The museum is open to all.
The mission of the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is to promote the legacy