Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History being one of Augusta's most prominent landmarks
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AUGUSTA, Ga. () – The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History has been a staple in the city of Augusta for decades.

Named after educator and social reformer, Lucy Craft Laney, this museum of Black History officially opened in 1991; however, a tragic event was the reason for its conception.

“There was a young woman, Margaret Louise Laney, who lived in this home until 1986. Her death due to a fire here at the house led Delta Sigma Theta, her sorority, to look to purchase the home. When they reached out to. the Laney family, the Laney family only had one caveat: that they would turn part of the sorority house into a tribute to Lucy Craft Laney,” says Corey Rogers, the Executive Director of the Lucy Craft Laney Museum.

The sorority ended up agreeing to the terms and purchasing what was once the home of Lucy Craft Laney herself under the non-profit, Delta House, Incorporated.

This historic attraction serves a dual purpose: the sorority house for the Augusta chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated and as a museum of eminent Black history.

“We carry on the legacy of Miss Laney. We carry on the stories of Augusta’s community as seen through the lens of the Black experience,” says Rogers.

The stories and the legacy of the Black community can be seen and experienced in the various rooms throughout the museum, which house various permanent collections that spotlight well-known people who were either born In Augusta or moved to live here.

The museum also includes a rotating exhibition highlighting other local treasures like the Augusta Mini Theatre, making an impact on those who walk through these doors.

“For a lot of local Augustans, they’ll come here and say, ‘Wow. I didn’t know’ fill in the blank. So, I think for local folk, I think they come here thinking they know a little something about the history. For those who are not from Augusta who come here, they’ll say, ‘I had no idea of the rich history and the culture of Augusta,’” says Rogers.

And for those who cherish this historical treasure, they hope that everyone comes and enjoys this cultural experience.

“We think of the Laney Museum as an African-American history museum, but it’s not just for a particular segment of the community. This is everyone’s history. This is a history that all Augustans – regardless of your ethnicity – can be proud of. So, we encourage everyone to come and enjoy what we have,” says Rogers.

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is open Monday through Saturday from 9 to 4:30. If you would like more information on how you can book a tour, you can go the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History website or you can call (706) 724-3576.

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is located at 1116 Phillips Street, Augusta, Georgia 30901.

Videography by Gary Nipple

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