Lucy Craft Laney (1854–1933) was born in Macon,
Georgia and grew up to be one of the nation’s
greatest educators. She earned her degree at
Atlanta University and began teaching in Macon soon after. She moved to Augusta for
health reasons. It was there that she made her greatest contributions toward reforming
education for African Americans by opening the first school in town dedicated exclusively
to educating Black boys and girls.
Lucy Craft Laney’s home was purchased in 1987 and established as a museum in 1991. It promotes her extraordinary legacy, as well as the many Black leaders from Augusta who have made significant contributions to the community and world.
The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is the cornerstone for the cultural and historical preservation of African American history in the Augusta area. Explore local history through museum and special tours, programs, annual events and new outdoor Heritage Tours. Experience the museum’s inspiring art exhibitions that showcase the South’s rich Black heritage to locals and visitors through rotating exhibitions all year. Please note that all museum tours must be booked in advance and are limited in size.