African American Heritage

Get your picture taken with the statue of James Brown on Broad Street and visit the Augusta Museum of History to celebrate the “Godfather of Soul,” who first displayed his showmanship while shining shoes on the streets of Augusta. Pass a few hours at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History.

An influential educator, Laney founded the first kindergarten and nurses’ training class for black students. Learn about the Penny Savings Bank – one of America’s first black-owned banks – or visit the home of acclaimed poet and author Frank Yerby.

Discover how Augusta’s African-American trailblazers played a vital role in building a city that’s proud of its rich past, yet ready to embrace its limitless future.

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    African American History Walk

    Monuments and markers lining the street in honor of Augusta's significant African-American citizens.
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  • Amanda America Dickson Toomer Home

    A testament to the tenactiy of Amanda Dickson, who became the wealthiest African-American woman of the late 19th century.
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    Augusta Canal Discovery Center

    Located in the Historic Enterprise Mill.
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    Augusta Canal National Heritage Area

    Explore the nation's only industrial power canal still in use for its original purpose. Built in 1845 to harness the water and power of the Savanna...
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    Augusta Museum of History

    Experience Yesterday Today.
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    Cedar Grove Cemetery

    First established in 1820 as the city’s first "colored cemetery," it houses the graves of many noted black Augustans.
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    First Christian Church & Emily Tubman Memorial

    629 Greene Street and in Greene Street median across from church
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  • Goodale Plantation

    This was the first place in the state to employ blacks who were not slaves.
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    James Brown Boulevard

    The Godfather of Soul James Brown got his start as a boy shining shoes on the streets of Augusta.
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    James Brown Statue

    Until his passing, Brown lived in Augusta and was an active member of the community.
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