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.
Save 'Mother' Trinity Exhibition
October 2 - 29, 2016
Save 'Mother' Trinity Exhibition Opening Reception
October 2, 2016
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Trinity CME Church State Marker Installation and Reception
October 7, 2016
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
October Senior Luncheon
October 19, 2016
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.
Throughout his four years, none of his classmates would speak to him outside the line of duty. None would be his roommate and none would sit with him to eat. Nonetheless, he graduated in 1936, finishing 35th in his class of 278. When he received his commission as a second lieutenant in the infantry he became one of only two Black combat officers in the United States Army – the other being his father Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.
"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.
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