Classic South / Augusta

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History

1116 Phillips St.
Augusta, GA 30901

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The Lucy Craft Laney Museum is the only African-American museum in the Central Savannah River Area. The small house museum was the former home of Miss Lucy Craft Laney, who founded the first school for black boys and girls in Augusta.

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. Ms. Laney began her teaching career in Macon and Savannah before, due to health reasons, settling in Augusta. With the encouragement of the Christ Presbyterian Church, USA, Ms. Laney started the first school in Augusta for black boys and girls. The school opened on January 6, 1883, in the basement of the Christ Presbyterian Church, then on 10 and Telfair Street, with little money and only six students. Ms. Laney did not have much, but what she did have was dedication and determination, which would prove to be all this unique woman would need. In 1885, the first class graduated from Ms. Laney's school.

Group tours with 20 people or more must be booked in advance. Call 706-724-3576.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Adults $5.00

    Children $2.00

    Seniors $3.00

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Parking on Site, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours

    General Information


    Group Amenities


    Special Tags

    Civil Rights

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages