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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April 13th

Born this day in 1854, Lucy Craft Laney, educator, founder of the Laney School, Civil Rights Activist. Born in Macon,Georgia to free parents. Laney was reading by the age of four and attending Atlanta University by the age of fourteen and graduated with a teachers degree by the age of eighteen. Laney taught for ten years and then 1883 opened her own school in the basement of Christ Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Georgia. Laney vision was an all girls school, but when young boys showed up for school,she accepted them into the school. Over the next several years the student body expanded to 200, school was licenced by the state. "The Haines Normal and Industrial Institute." The school was named after Francine E.H. Haines, a lifetime benefactor of the school who donated $10,000 to establish the Institute. Because of her work in education, Laney was one of the first African Americans to have her portrait displayed in the Georgia state capital in Atlanta.

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