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.
Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild Returns!
November 1-December 30th, 2016
Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild Returns! Opening Reception
November 6, 2016
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
November Senior Luncheon
November 9, 2016
Brunch with Santa
December 3, 2016
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
December Senior Luncheon
December 14, 2016
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Great Figures in Black History:
Benjamin Oliver Davis Jr.
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. (left) is remembered for many things: Being the first Black Air Force General, leading the Tuskegee Airmen flight squadron and standing up to the military establishment in advancing the cause of Black soldiers. More than that, he is a symbol of the ability of a Black man to persevere through obstacles on the path towards excellence.
Benjamin Oliver Davis Jr. was born in Washington. D.C. on December 18, 1912, the son of Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. and Elnora Dickerson Davis. His father was a renowned military officer, the first Black General in the United States Army. Benjamin, Sr. served in various capacities (beginning in the Spanish-American war) including serving in one of the original Buffalo Soldier regiments. Unfortunately, Elnora died from complications from childbirth in 1916 when Benjamin, Jr. was four years old.
With his father moving around in his military duties, he attended Central High School in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated in 1929. He enrolled Western Reserve University (1929-1930) and later moved on to the University of Chicago (1930-1932).
Still desiring to serve as a military pilot he contacted Illinois Representative Oscar De Priest (the first Black alderman in Chicago, and at the time, the only Black serving in Congress). De Priest sponsored him for a spot in the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. His time in the Academy was harsh, hostile and relentless in the challenges and obstacles it put in his way.
"The courage, tenacity, and intelligence with which he conquered a problem incomparably more difficult than plebe year won for him the sincere admiration of his classmates, and his single-minded determination to continue in his chosen career cannot fail to inspire respect wherever fortune may lead him."
Georgia On My Mind Day
Civil Rights and The Arts Documentary & Discussion
The First Annual Golf Tournament Raffle Winner
Overview of the Civil Rights and the Arts Exhibition
Guest Curator Chicks that Click Photography Club Presents “Save 'Mother' Trinity Exhibition” October 2nd through 29th
Augusta's Family Reunion Attraction of Choice: The Lucy Craft Laney Museum's Black Heritage Trolley
Mrs. Betts Receives Community Service Award
Georgia Historical Society Marker Review Committee Selects Mr. Corey Rogers
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