Lucy Craft Laney

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Birthday
13, 1854
Birthplace
Macon, GA
Death Date
Oct 24, 1933 (79)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
13, 1854
Birthplace
Macon, GA
Death Date
Oct 24, 1933 (79)

About

Georgia-based teacher who, in 1883, opened the first grade school for African-American children. She later established a nursing school and a kindergarten for African-American students.

Before Fame

She began reading at the age of four, despite a law that prohibited African-Americans from becoming literate. She later attended teacher training courses at Atlanta University.

Trivia

She was raised in the Presbyterian faith.

Family Life

She and her nine siblings were born in Macon, Georgia to former slaves David and Louisa Laney.

Associated With

While holding office as Governor of Georgia, future United States President Jimmy Carter displayed Laney's portrait at the Georgia State Capitol.