Augusta's black history remembered

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Lucy C. Laney
Lucy C. Laney, Augusta's successful educator of black youth, began the first school for black children in 1883.
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Rev. C.T. Walker
Born a slave, the Rev. C.T. Walker was considered one of America's finest preachers in the late 1800s.
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Springfield Baptist
Historic Springfield Baptist Church was at the center of Augusta's early black community.
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Springfield baptizing
Springfield Baptist Church baptism depicted by Bernard Willington in a painting sponsored by First Bank of Georgia.
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Paine College
Augusta's Paine College is a private, church-affiliated four-year co-educational college founded in 1882.
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Lenox Theatre
Patrons line up in front of the Lenox Theatre, a blacks-only movie house at the 1100 block of Ninth Street, in this undated photograph from Historic Augusta
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Lenox Theatre
Inside the Lenox Theatre, a blacks-only movie house at the 1100 block of Ninth Street, in this undated photograph from Historic Augusta.
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Penny Savings Loan and Investment Co.
The Penny Savings Loan and Investment Co. building at the corner of Ninth St and Laney-Walker Blvd. in Augusta.
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Judge John Ruffin Jr.
The late John H. "Jack" Ruffin Jr., a Georgia Court of Appeals chief judge, began his legal career in Augusta as a civil rights attorney.
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Deon Grant
Football player Deon Grant helped win a state high school football championship at Josey, an NCAA championship at Tennessee and a 2012 Super Bowl with the NY Giants
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Jessye Norman
Jessye Norman's soaring and expressive soprano voice led her from her hometown of Augusta to the most notable opera stages in the world.
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Ed McIntyre
Ed McIntyre, Augusta's first black mayor, was also a Richmond County commissioner.
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The Rev. Essie McIntyre,
Rev. Essie McIntyre, the first black female to be ordained in the Augusta area
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Frank Yerby
Augusta author Frank Yerby was one of America's most popular authors in the 1950s.
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Carrie Mays
Augusta City Councilwoman and funeral home owner Carrie Mays
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Rosa T. Beard
Longtime educator Rosa T. Beard influenced generations as a teacher and with her Debutante Club
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Lawrence Fishburne
Actor Lawrence Fishburne, shown in an early role, has been a star on TV, movies and on the stage.
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Charles Walker
A businessman and state legislator, Walker rose to majority leader in the Georgia Senate.
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James Brown
James Brown got his start in Augusta and always remembered it.
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.James Brown
The Godfather of Soul always had a warm smile for Augusta


We close out February's Black History Month with a slideshow noting Augusta's minority heritage of leadership, talent and 

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