Augusta's River Region has a unique African-American legacy. Individuals who called Augusta home and institutions that sprang up on its soil have left significant marks on American culture. Learn about the people and places that continue to resonate today at these six attractions and events. For more information on iconic African-American locations in Augusta like Paine College and Springfield Baptist Church, visit the African-American section of our website. You can also pick up a complete African-American Heritage & Visitors Guide from Augusta & Co.
1. James Brown Exhibit
The Augusta Museum of History is home to the first major exhibit dedicated to The Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown. Learn about some of his famous dance moves as you watch videos of his performances. Listen to some of his all-time hits and learn about his role in national race relations.
2. Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History
The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is a treasure trove of knowledge, historical lessons, and community offerings, carrying on the legacy of Ms. Laney for this generation and beyond.
3. Golden Blocks Tour
Take a tour of public art that connects us with the historical and cultural significance of Augusta's black business community. Today, Campbell and Gwinnett Streets are James Brown and Laney-Walker Boulevards, but during the time of segregation, the area nicknamed the Golden Blocks was the heart of Augusta’s black business community.
4. Jessye Norman
Enjoy an array of talent showcased at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts during the month of February where the legacy of opera singer Jessye Norman continues to live on through dedicated students.
5. The Soul Bar
Celebrate the rhythm and movement in the Soul Bar, a downtown Augusta hotspot lined with tributes to the Godfather of Soul himself.
6. Springfield Baptist Church
Springfield Baptist Church is one of the oldest independent black congregations in the United States and is still open today. Located where Morehouse College originated, Springfield Baptist Church developed in the area now known as the Augusta Downtown Historic District from a large population of free African Americans in 1787.