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.
The African-American Professional Nursing Experience Exhibition
January through June 2017
The 11th Annual Heritage Gala
February 4, 2017
Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History Quiz Bowl
March 25, 2017
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11th Annual Heritage Gala
February 4, 2017
Reception at 6:00 pm
Seating at 7:00 pm
The Augusta Marriott Hotel on the Riverwalk
Two Tenth Street
Black Tie. Cash Bar. Live Music.
Tickets $75 per person.
Please RSVP to 706-724-3576 or
Guest Speaker Zena Howard AIA, Chief Architect of the new National African-American Museum of History and Culture, Smithsonian Institute
Zena Howard is a Principal and Shareholder with the global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will. Previously, Zena joined The Freelon Group in 2003, rising from Associate to Associate Principal by 2010, advancing to the level of Principal and Owner in 2012. In 2014, The Freelon Group joined forces with Perkins+Will where Zena continues her leadership as a Principal with the North Carolina practice and as a member of the firm’s global Diversity + Inclusion Council.
Zena has led many significant and often AIA award-winning projects including The International Civil Rights Center & Museum, Greensboro, NC, Durham County Human Services Complex, Durham, NC, several Durham County Public Libraries, Durham, NC, and the District of Columbia Anacostia and Tenley-Friendship Libraries, Washington DC. Currently, she is the Senior Project Manager for the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture that recently opened on the Mall in Washington DC. As project leader, Zena is the point person executing the Smithsonian’s multiple decades of planning and investment in this important national museum and achieving critical schedule, budget and quality performance for this client.
Zena has over 20 years of experience as an architect and project leader with a career focused on private and public institutions, museum and cultural facilities, libraries, and higher education facilities. More specifically, her experience includes diverse buildings and clients with specialized and/or unique design goals such as environmentally sensitive artifact exhibit areas, historically and culturally significant buildings and locations, and sustainable design in pursuit of LEED® certification and other high performance building goals.
Help Restore the Children’s Academy
We desperately need your support to ensure that the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History programs can once again assist our youth, who have very limited resources available to them.
In 1991, the home of Georgia’s most famous black female educator, Lucy Craft Laney, was officially opened as a black history. Because of Miss Laney’s dedication to ensuring the highest quality education for children, the basement of the museum was renovated as a Children’s Academy. For years, local youth learned art, history, and preservation. They enjoyed storytelling, learning computer skills, painting, field trips, and other hands on experiences. The program supported state mandated curriculum and provided students ages 6-12 with a continuous learning experience.
Three years ago, the Lucy Craft Laney Children’s Academy Center had to be closed due to severe water damage. Repairs were made to the space to protect the physical integrity of the building; however not enough funds have been available to fully restore the basement so it can once again be used as a Children’s Academy.
We hope we can count on you to help us to restore viable youth programs, and further preserve one of the most important cultural treasures in the heart of the Laney-Walker- Historic District of Augusta, Georgia. Every little bit helps and we thank you in advance for your assistance.
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.
Gwen Ifill, the longtime PBS news anchor who had served as co-host of the “PBS NewsHour” and a moderator of “Washington Week,” has died after a battle with cancer. She was 61. Gwen reported on a wide range of issues from foreign affairs to U.S. politics and policies interviewing national and international newsmakers. She covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates – in 2004 the debate between Republican Dick Cheney and Democrat John Edwards and in 2008 the debate between Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Sarah Palin.
She led numerous public conversations and town halls exploring issues facing the country. In June 2016, she moderated a town meeting in Elkhart, Indiana, with President Obama, exploring voters’ choices. In September 2015, she moderated “America After Charleston,”, examining the issues propelled into public discourse after a white gunman shot and killed nine African-American parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015. In September 2014, she moderated “America After Ferguson,” discussing the many issues facing communities in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri.
Gwen Ifill received more than 20 honorary doctorates and served on numerous boards. In 2015 she was awarded with the National Press Club’s highest honor, the Fourth Estate Award. Ebony Magazine listed her in the 150 Most Influential African Americans. A native of New York City, Gwen Ifill graduated Simmons College in Boston.
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