Lucy Craft Laney (1854-1933) was an educator and founded the first school for Black children in Augusta, Georgia. She served as the principal of the Haines Institute for Industrial and Normal Education for 50 years.
Under the leadership of the Augusta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the house was fully restored into a museum of Black history that honored the legacy of Lucy Craft Laney. The full story of the restoration and how the museum came to existence can be found here. It is a contributing property to the Laney-Walker Historic District which was added to the National Register of Historic Properties in 1985.