Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History has year-round mission

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Black History Month is winding down, but Augusta’s Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History continues its mission.

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A Pine Hill Middle pupil looks at portraits at the museum.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
A Pine Hill Middle pupil looks at portraits at the museum.

“We do what we always do,” said Christine Miller-Betts, the museum’s executive director. “We do black history all year round.”

The museum at 1116 Phillips St. honors the efforts of Laney, a lifelong Augusta educator who died in 1933, by continuing to teach and educate as she did. While the museum invites people of all ages, its primary focus is children, Miller-Betts said.

More schools try to get students to the museum around February because of Black History Month, Miller-Betts said.

“They are more receptive because that’s the way it’s structured,” she said.

Laney founded Augusta’s first kindergarten for black children, the Lamar Nursing School, and Haines Normal and Industrial Institute, which evolved into Lucy Laney High School.

Laney is buried on the school grounds, not far from the museum.


WHAT: Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History

WHERE: 1116 Phillips St.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. Sunday

MORE: (706) 724-3576,

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AugustaGirl 02/24/13 - 07:06 pm
please spell Corey Rogers name

Hello, please correct the spelling of Corey Rogers' name for the photo captions. Thanks! Otherwise, that is a good set of photos of that tour. Now, can you all name the two co-creators of the Augusta NAACP? One was Miss Lucy, I'll give you that. ;) Now name the other one and the date back in 1917.

Sean Moores
Sean Moores 02/24/13 - 11:26 pm

It looks like there is a typo in one of the photos. Thanks for letting us know.

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