What's on View at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum?
The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is located 1116 Phillips Street in Augusta, Georgia. The inset portrait of Lucy Craft Laney is by George Mandus. Museum photo by Cara Pastore
Located in Augusta, Georgia’s Historic Laney-Walker District, the Lucy Craft Laney Museum is the only African American museum in the Central Savannah River area. The museum is housed in the former home of Lucy Craft Laney, a notable Georgia educator born in 1854 who, among many other accomplishments, established the area’s first high school, first kindergarten, and first nursing school dedicated to African-American students. The museum includes galleries featuring work from its permanent collection, gardens---including a butterfly garden---and a theater, which recently presented stage readings of works by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson. Children are invited to participate in seasonal art camps, while seniors are invited to monthly lunch and lecture events.
On view in the museum’s art gallery through July 31 is A People of the Land: Lowcountry Portraits, a traveling exhibition (by way of the University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum) of documentary photographs by South Carolina artist and writer Vennie Deas Moore. Often compared to writer/folklorist Zora Neale Hurston and photographer Dorothea Lange, in her artist statement Moore writes that her work aims to show, "the interconnectedness of culture, the value of work, a sense of stewardship of the land, and the symbiotic relation between the longtime black and white cultures." You can read more about the exhibit in this article from the Augusta Chronicle.