RCSS Celebrates Black History Month: Lucy Craft Laney

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Lucy C. Laney’s legacy is far-reaching. As a teacher and principal, she touched the lives of thousands of children and adults in Augusta. Despite being born to former slaves, Ms.Laney was taught to read by her mother at a young age. It was this love of reading that guided her into education; at only 15, she began college at Atlanta University and a teaching career shortly after. In the late 1880s, after teaching for several years, Lucy Laney opened a liberal arts school for African-American students; this school—Haines Normal and Industrial Institute—would be one of the first to offer kindergarten classes and vocational training for black children in the South.  Shortly after, Ms.Laney also opened a training center so black women could train as nurses. The Richmond County School System is proud to be connected to such a fine woman and educator!