Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History

Born into slavery, Lucy Craft Laney became one of the state's most influential educators. She started the first kindergarten and nurses' training class for blacks in Augusta and founded the Haines Institute, which educated thousands of black students.The museum is located in the Historic Laney-Walker District, near the original site of the Haines Normal and Industrial Institute. The mission of the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is to promote the legacy of Ms. Lucy Craft Laney through arts and history and by educating and exposing children and adults of Augusta, the State of Georgia and beyond to the arts, history, literature and leadership through exhibits and programs

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM

Hours of Operation
  • Tuesday Opening Time: 9 AM
  • Tuesday Closing Time: 5 PM
  • Wednesday Opening Time: 9 AM
  • Wednesday Closing Time: 5 PM
  • Thursday Opening Time: 9 AM
  • Thursday Closing Time: 5 PM
  • Friday Opening Time: 9 AM
  • Friday Closing Time: 5 PM
  • Saturday Opening Time: 10 AM
  • Saturday Closing Time: 4 PM
Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Largest Room 1700
  • Reception Capacity 100
  • Theatre Capacity 100
  • Banquet Capacity 100
  • Classroom Capacity 70
Conference Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1700
  • Width: 36
  • Length: 45
  • Theater Capacity: 100
  • Classroom Capacity: 70
  • Banquet Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 100

Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild Exhibition

  • Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

The Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild of Atlanta, GA is a diverse group of African-American quilters from all over the metropolitan area. The crafters of this guild have gained popularity both regionally and nationally. This is their fourth visit to the museum, becoming a staple of the November to December schedule. The Annual International Doll Exhibition will accompany the quilts.

Opening Reception
November 6, 2016
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Please join us, along with Mrs. Teresa R. Kemp, of McCormick SC, author of Keeper of the Fire, Founding Director of SC Wild's Heritage Center of Plantation Quilts, and honorary member of Brown Sugar Stitchers Guild. Mrs. Kemp's multi-generational experience will deepen our insight of this legacy craft from the Afro-centric perspective. Light refreshments will be served at this complimentary event.

Through My Eyes: The Works of Nellie Ashford

  • Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History

Charlotte native Nellie Ashford is a self-proclaimed folk artist whose work expresses cultural identity, shared community values and aesthetics. Inspired by the life that surrounds her and memories of her past, Ashford’s work incorporates a mix of materials that often reflect real-life experiences and depicts families, children, dancers and musicians with vibrant detail and emotion. Each work that she creates has a story to tell. Vintage fabrics clothes images of people who reflect varying ethnic, religious, occupational, age and gender identities. They identify and complement each other and their world.

Nellie Ashford is an untold jewel and it is through her art that she creates a world of historical expression – a visual, realistic imagery that reflects a time gone by, allowing the viewer to reflect and understand Charlotte – through her eyes.

Nellie Ashford is represented by Foster’s Art Gallery in Huntersville, NC.

This exhibition is organized by the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture located in Charlotte, NC.