Lucy Craft Laney
Laney worked tirelessly to find funding for the school, named for its benefactor, Francine Haines. By 1912, the school had 34 teachers and 900 students. Graduates went on to prestigious schools like Howard, Fisk, and Yale. Laney helped found the Augusta Chapter of the NAACP and was friends with W.E.B. Dubois, Mary McLeod Bethune and Langston Hughes.
This pioneering African-American educator was born on April 13, 1854, Today in Georgia History.
Lucy Craft Laney, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Reverend Henry McNeal Turner were the first African-Americans to have their portraits hung in the Georgia state capitol.