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The historic community of Laney Walker is located near the Central Business District of Augusta, Georgia. The community is roughly bounded by D’Antignac Street and Walton Way on the north, Laney-Walker Boulevard on the south, Phillips and Harrison Streets on the west, and Seventh and Twiggs Streets on the east.
Laney Walker was developed in the early to mid 1800s, triggered by the construction of the Georgia Railroad and the Augusta Canal. By the early 20th century, with the addition of the Jim Crow “zoning” laws that required residents to settle in blocks designated by race, the community was transformed into Augusta’s principal African-American neighborhood. Today the community consists of residential homes as well as commercial and institutional buildings.
Laney Walker is also home to several historic African-American churches, including the Tabernacle Baptist Church. This church draws thousands of visitors from all around the country each year.
Another point of interest in Laney Walker is The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History. Miss Lucy Craft Laney was a well-known educator who founded the Haines Normal and Industrial Institute, the first African-American kindergarten in Augusta, as well as the Lamar School of Nursing. Miss Lucy Craft Laney’s home is now the site of the museum.
Laney Walker is convenient to nearby Paine College as well as the Medical College of Georgia.
The James Brown Arena, named in honor of musician James Brown, is located just northeast of the community. This multi-purpose complex is home to the Augusta Mavericks, the Southern Indoor Football League, the Augusta River Hawks, and the Southern Professional Hockey League. The venue also hosts many concerts and pro wrestling events throughout the year.