Originally created 01/01/00

Lucy Craft Laney



This modest, courageous persevering lady -- who established the forerunner of what is now Augusta's Lucy Laney High School -- is only one of three Georgia black citizens honored by having their portraits hung in Georgia's Capitol building. She was a never-ending crusader for bettering Georgia schools, knowing such a reform would ultimately help both blacks and whites.

Indeed, she established several black educational institutions in our area before the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act. "Miss Lucy's" accomplishments were made against far greater obstacles than normally face today's educators, because of the 1930s-'50s era of segregation, the deplorable conditions of some black schools and the chronic lack of money for any school renovations or new construction.