Historic Markers Across Georgia

Lucy Craft Laney

Marker ID: GHS 121-10
Location: Laney Museum, 1116 Phillips St., Augusta, GA
County: Richmond
Coordinates: N 33° 28.048    W 081° 58.873
  33.467462    -81.981212
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM78VK
Lucy Craft Laney Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


Lucy Craft Laney

A leading educator of the nineteenth century, Lucy Craft Laney was born into a free African-American household in Macon, Georgia. In 1873 she was part of Atlanta University´s first graduating class. After teaching in Macon, Milledgeville, and Savannah, Laney moved to Augusta, where she founded the Haines Normal and Industrial Institute in 1883. Laney also established the first kindergarten for black children in Augusta, and was instrumental in founding the Lamar Nursing School in 1887. Laney gathered support and recognition from around the country for her work in Augusta. She was buried on the grounds of Lucy Craft Laney Comprehensive High School, site of the former Haines Institute.

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Dedicated on September 09, 2005