Laney, Lucy Craft

Laney, Lucy Craft

(1854–1933) educator; born in Macon, Ga. Her parents were independent-minded slaves who purchased their freedom. After graduating from Atlanta University (1873), Laney founded the ground-breaking Haines Normal and Industrial Institute in Augusta for African-American children. She devoted her life to providing education for and improving the living conditions of African-Americans.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.